Routine Care

by Pawlicy Advisor
Pet Care Terms
Routine Care

What is Routine Care?

Routine care includes wellness exams, vaccinations, spay/neuter, dental cleanings, and flea-tick prevention. Most adult dogs and cats need to visit their veterinarian yearly for a routine veterinary exam. Puppies and kittens will need even more frequent visits to receive core vaccinations and exams during the first year of their life to have a healthy foundation to start their lives. Older pets may also need additional routine care to monitor chronic conditions.

Does Pet Insurance Cover Routine Care?

Routine care costs are not included in accident-only or accident-illness pet insurance plans. However, wellness plans are available to help with the costs of regular care. Wellness plans, distinct from pet insurance, can reimburse for routine care diagnostics and treatments, such as blood work, x-rays, dental cleanings, microchipping, deworming, and heartworm prevention.

Key Takeaways

  • Routine wellness exams, vaccinations, dental cleaning, and flea/tick prevention are an important part of being a responsible pet parent.
  • Wellness plans can help pet parents save on routine procedures.

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