A medical aid scheme for cats and dogs has been launched, the
company behind the initiative said on Wednesday.
"It's hard enough for us as humans to wade through the multitude of
options available to us from the various medical aid offerings, so a
simple one for dogs and cats is as essential for their owners,"
Medipet SA said.
It has launched an "easy to understand" medical aid with a monthly
premium which covers veterinary costs of up to R25 000.
"For a monthly premium of just R125 for dogs and R115 for cats, not
only will this be good for owners' pockets, but also for the welfare of
their pets," said Medipet managing director Richard Neville.
The medical aid would prevent pet-owners from ignoring problems with
their animals due to the high cost of veterinary examination and
"Medical cover for pets is commonplace overseas and whilst a few
companies in South Africa have tried to offer various products, neither
pet owners or vets have used them in any great numbers mainly due to
the complicated plans and schemes on offer," said Neville.
He said there was one other pet medical aid scheme in the country.
A vet from the Honeydew Animal Clinic said a few of their clients
were on medical aid schemes, Petsure in particular.
"I think it works well and does help a lot," she said.
Many people take "short cuts" with treating their pets due to
financial constraints and a medical aid scheme could help prevent this. – (Sapa)