YOU ASK:

Is there a Pet Insurance that will cover cataract surgery for dogs?

WE ANSWER:

It depends on the kind of pet insurance you have. There are some pet insurance plans that cover cataract surgery for dogs while there are some that exclude these.

To determine if your pet insurance covers this treatment read your policy's terms and conditions (especially the exclusions sections).

If you are currently on the process of buying pet insurance, ask your prospective providers about eye disease coverage and what treatments the policy will pay for. There may be some insurance plans that include cataract surgery in their list of covered medical treatments. It is important to ensure this, as the cost of cataract surgery can range from $1,500 to $3,000.

You should not delay when it comes to this eye problem. If cataracts and other eye diseases go untreated, it can lead to blindness for your dog. It can also cause considerable pain for your pet.

Conditions that necessitate cataract surgery are sometimes incurable. Although pet insurance will not pay for cataract surgery for your dog, it can still help with other costs that are associated when the medical condition was first diagnosed.

It can also help with the prevention side, like helping pay for oral antioxidant nutritional therapy that may be useful in delaying the damage of the eye problem.

This is particularly true for some dog breeds that are known to be susceptible to eye problems. Most genetic eye diseases are actually preventable, as long as you take the proper precautions and preventive treatment. When you do something about your pet's potential eye problem, it may be possible that your dog would not even need cataract surgery.

Some eye diseases that necessitate cataract surgery or eye surgery are the following: keratitis, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, trichiasis and entropion. It is best to ask if these are covered for your pet under its insurance policy. If not, you can ask if there are other plans or riders that cover it.

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