Pet Insurance FAQs
What cover levels are available?
We offer three different cover levels, allowing you to choose the cover that suits your needs and budgets.
Provides cover up to the vet fee limit for all covered accidental injuries per policy year. Cover for each injury will continue for a maximum of 12 months from the date which the injury occurred, as long as you have paid the premium to keep the insurance in force. Once the time limit is reached for an injury, there will be no more cover for it. There is no cover for illness under this type of cover. Our Essential Cover also provides Third Party Liability (dogs only).
Provides cover up to the vet fee limit for all covered illnesses and injuries per policy year. Cover for each condition will continue for a maximum of 12 months from the date which the condition first occurred or started showing clinical signs, as long as you have paid the premium to keep the insurance in force. Once the time limit is reached for a condition, there will be no more cover for it.
The Premier policy also provides cover for Third Party Liability (dogs only), Death from Accident, Boarding Kennel/Cattery Fees, Theft /Straying, Holiday Cancellation and Lost/Found ads. you can opt to include cover for Overseas Cover which includes Quarantine, Emergency Repatriation and Loss of Passport.
Premier Plus Cover
Provides cover up to the vet fee limit for all covered illnesses and injuries per policy year. As long as you have paid the premium to keep the insurance in force, cover will reinstate at renewal and all eligible conditions will continue to be covered up to the vet fee limit. This cover is designed for pet owners looking for long-term cover, should their pet ever develop a chronic or recurring condition which requires treatment over a long period of time such as arthritis or eczema.
The Premier Plus policy also provides cover for Third Party Liability (dogs only), Death from Accident, Boarding Kennel/Cattery Fees, Theft /Straying, Holiday Cancellation and Lost/Found ads. You can opt to include cover for Overseas Cover which includes Quarantine, Emergency Repatriation and Loss of Passport up to the aggregate limit.
Can I insure a pet of any age?
We are able to offer cover at new business for your cat or dog from eight weeks until four years of age. If you renew your cover each year without a break, there is no upper age limit and we will continue to offer cover for your pet.
How does my excess work?
Veterinary claims will be subject to a €125 fixed excess which is payable per condition per policy year.
If your pet is aged 5 years or above on the start date of the policy year, there will also be a 15% percentage excess of the remaining amount claimed after the fixed excess has been deducted. Please see example below.
Amount Claimed €1,500 Less Fixed Charges -€125 €1,375 Less Percentage Excess 15% of €1,375 = -€206.25 €1168.75 Total Paid to You €1,167.75 Total Paid to You €125 + €206.75 = €331.25
If you purchased your policy before 01/06/2018 (or the renewal date is before 01/07/2018), please click here to view the policy document which details the excesses applicable.
If my pet has been ill before, will this be covered by my insurance policy?
There is no cover for any pre-existing illnesses or injuries with this policy. This includes any illnesses which developed or started showing clinical signs before or within the first 14 days of the policy start date. Injuries which occur before or within the first 48 hours of the policy start date will not be covered.
How do I make a claim?
If you need to make a claim please click on the Claims button on our website or simply call the claims helpline on (01) 5135976. Lines are open Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Will this Pet Insurance pay my vet fees direct?
The Claims Administrator can arrange to pay most veterinary surgeons directly in the case of a vet fees claim. Please ask your vet if they are happy to do this, and the Claims Administrator will take care of the rest.
What is complementary treatment?
If you buy Premier or Premier Plus cover, the policy will cover the cost of complementary treatment (up to the maximum benefit) that results from a valid claim under this insurance which your pet has received during the policy year for an illness or injury. Complementary treatment means: acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, hydrotherapy and osteopathy. All treatments must be carried out by a vet practice.
Can I buy cover for travel throughout Europe for pets?
Yes, this optional benefit is available on the Premier and Premier Plus polices and will cover your pet for travel within the European Union subject to the terms and conditions of the policy.
Can I get a discount for more than one pet?
Yes, if you have two or more pets then you are entitled to a Multi-Pet discount.
How can I pay for my policy?
You can pay for your policy in full or by instalment by either credit or debit card. Choosing the monthly instalment method allows you to spread the cost of your policy over the year at no extra charge as this service is interest free.
Will Blue Insurance automatically renew my policy?
Yes, we will aim to automatically renew (auto-renew) your policy when it runs out, unless you tell us not to. Each year we will notify you 5 weeks before the renewal date of your policy and tell you about any changes to the premium or the policy terms and conditions.
If you do not want to us to auto-renew your policy, just call us on 01 2478953, otherwise we will collect the renewal premiums from your credit or debit card.
The automatic renewal service relies on your credit/debit card details still being valid. If your credit/debit card details have changed within the last 12 months you must contact us to process the booking over the phone. If you do not receive confirmation of your new policy by your renewal date please contact us.
What charges do I incur when buying a policy?
We work hard to try and minimise any additional charges you may incur in the supply of your policy. We charge a fee of €4.50 for renewals and policies booked online. If you choose to book your policy through our call centre, the fee is €6.00. If you would like a text confirmation with your policy details the fee is €0.99.