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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Health Insurance for birds

Yesterday I took my 2 conures for their yearly "Well bird physical", and surprise surprise, the fees have gone up yet again . The consulatation fee was $66 per bird, and the CBC was $134.35 per bird, grooming is free ( supposedly), bringing us to a grand total of $400.70. Seeing as how I also have another bird, that means the annual cost for "wellness" visits is gonna be over $600 (God forbid if they ever get sick )I was hoping to add a linnie to my flock, but now I'm seriously reconsidering. I have been looking into health insurance for them, but most seem to be of little help, you get very little back for what you pay in. Do any of you currently have your fids insured ?Can any of you possibly recommend a health plan that is actually worth it? Thanks
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Holy... crap! I thought my vet was pricey! I haven't looked into the health insurance really, but someone posted this information about it on the linnie forum:

http://www.lineolatedparakeet.net/fo...ight=insurance

Maddie posted the company she uses in post #4.

Our vet bill runs, on aerage, $130 per bird for an annual checkup, with a discount for multiple birds. It's $45 for an office call and $35 for each additional bird. Blood work is only $75 each. Your vet is REALLY pricey! Are there any others in the area so you can cost compare? That just seems so expensive to me! I know Dr Clubb is cheap, comparatively, but that's higher than even the more expensive vets in the area



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I've searched all over the net for a company that would insure birds and found none. They will only insure dogs or cats. I was only looking at Cdn companies.
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I never knew you could do that!
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Holy... crap! I thought my vet was pricey! I haven't looked into the health insurance really, but someone posted this information about it on the linnie forum:

http://www.lineolatedparakeet.net/fo...ight=insurance

Maddie posted the company she uses in post #4.

Our vet bill runs, on aerage, $130 per bird for an annual checkup, with a discount for multiple birds. It's $45 for an office call and $35 for each additional bird. Blood work is only $75 each. Your vet is REALLY pricey! Are there any others in the area so you can cost compare? That just seems so expensive to me! I know Dr Clubb is cheap, comparatively, but that's higher than even the more expensive vets in the area
Thanks Jenny VPI is the Insurance company I've been looking at too. There's only 1 avian certified vet in this area, ( my vet isn't certified but he specializes in avian and exotics ) and I've heard he's super arrogant and VERY expensive. My vet called yesterday to say the blood work was great ( it always is thank goodness ), so I must be doing everything right when it comes to their diet. I'm thinking about maybe just taking them for check ups every 2 years instead of annually, that will help with expenses.
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I never knew you could do that!
Yep.......you can actually get health insurance for your birds . It seems goofy, but I bet it's been really appreciated by those who have it, and have had sick birds.
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So did anyone find a insurance company in Canada for birds? I'm still looking.
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Sorry Cess, I don't know about any Canadian companies . Hopefully someone here will come along soon with info for you.
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We have 15 so insurance might run a little high for us! Has anyone heard of carecredit.com! I am considering it for our situation.
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I have it for my cockatiels. Over here we have Golden Valley Insurance, it costs me under 45 for each 'tiel for the year (about 6 per month for both). I only have to pay 12 for a vet visit and I can get up to 2500 paid per illness, with no limit to the number of illnesses per year. It doesn't cover behavioural plucking (so it would cover a disease that causes plucking like giardia, but not plucking from boredom) or heavy metal poisoning. And I can't get cover from them for my budgies. But I definitely find it's worth it for the 'tiels. It means I don't really have to worry about them getting ill because I have the means to pay for it.


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