PetFirst Pet Insurance Review


Rating: 7.9 / 10 (Very good)
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PetFirst Healthcare LLC is a pet insurance company that was founded in 2004 and based in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It offers accident and illness coverage for cats and dogs and operates in all 50 states. The company offers discounts for those with multiple pets, and allows you to choose any vet you like without pre-approval.

How is PetFirst rated?

Breakdown

9/10
Coverage
8/10
Benefit Limits
8/10
Deductibles
10/10
Reimbursement
7/10
Claims and Service
7/10
Pricing
8/10
Enrollment

Overall Rating: 7.9 / 10 (Very good)

PetFirst offers an enrollment process that is easier than most. They do not require a vet exam, and accident coverage starts in 24 hours. Additionally, the company has no upper age limit on enrollment, and no waiting periods for a few conditions many other providers outright just don't cover. PetFirst also has a healthy pet discount for every year you don't make a claim. The upper tier plans, however, are on the pricier side, and the company does not offer unlimited coverage.

PetFirst Coverage

Coverage - 8.5 / 10

Petfirst offers accident and illness coverage that is pretty much industry standard for the price. However, what sets them apart is they have no waiting periods for hip dysplasia, patella luxations or orthapedic conditions. The company also offers a wellness plan as an add on.
Pets Covered
Dogs
Cats
Coverage Types
Medical
Wellness
Vet Selection
Unrestricted
Out of State Coverage
Commercial Pets Covered

Medical Conditions Covered

  • Accidental
  • Illness
  • Hereditary
  • Congenital
  • Cancer
  • Chronic
  • Accidental Dental
  • Dental Illness

Medical Treatments Covered

  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription Medications
  • Emergency Care
  • Specialty Care
  • Alternative Care
  • Behavioral Therapy

Benefit Limits

Benefit Limits - 7.5 / 10

Petfirst does not restrict you to per incident or per illness limits. However, the company does have annual limits. They let you choose $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000. While the $5,000 limit plan has a monthly deductible in the average pet insurance range, the two higher limit plans get pricey. In fact, there are unlimited plans we review that tend to cost less than Petfirst's $20,000 limit plan.
Benefit Limit Types
Annual
Annual Benefit Maximum
$20,000

Reimbursement & Deductibles

Reimbursement - 10 / 10

Petfirst gives you the option of setting your reimbursement at 70%, 80%, and 90%. This is a consistent feature of the best pet insurance providers.
Reimbursement Model
Actual Cost
Minimum Percent Reimbursement
70%
Maximum Percent Reimbursement
90%

Deductibles - 8 / 10

Petfirst offers flexible deductibles of $50, $100, $250, and $500. Not many other plans offer the option of such a low deductible. Choosing it would translate into higher premiums, but it could be a valuable option if it fits your particular situation, i.e. you know you can afford to fit the monthly premium into your budget but are not sure you'd have the extra cash on hand to pay a higher deductible.
Deductible Type
Annual
Minimum Deductible Offered
$50
Maximum Deductible Offered
$500

Pricing: How much does PetFirst cost?

Pricing - 7 / 10

Petfirst's lower annual limit plans offer pretty much average monthly deductibles when compared to similar plans. However, their higher limit plans are on the pricier side.

Starting Monthly Premiums

Dogs
$16.95
Cats
$8.95
Rate Details: Annual Limit: $1,000, Per-Incident Deductible: $500, Reimbursement Rate: 70%
Available Discounts: $10 to $20 off for pet parents who purchase their pet health insurance policy online, 5% to 10% corporate employee member discount, 10% animal care employee discount,5% military discount

Enrollment & Waiting Periouds

Enrollment - 8 / 10

Petfirst has a particularly painless and lenient enrollment process when compared to other companies. Firstly they do not require a vet exam. Accident coverage begins midnight the day of enrollment and illness 14 days after. There is no fee to cancel. And lastly, Petfirst is one of only a handful of companies that has no upper age limit. Cats and dogs of any age can be covered for life.
Min Enrollment Age
8 weeks
Illnesses Waiting Period
14 days
Free Look Period
30 days

Claims & Service

Claims and Service - 7 / 10

Petfirst stands out two ways in the claims department, they offer healthy pet discounts every year you don't make a claim, and they do not increase your premium due to amount of claims made. The claims procedure is the standard process of paying your vet bill up front, then submitting the claims form with all the relevant invoices and receipts.
Advertised Response Time
14 days
Claim Form
Mail
Email
Fax
Online Portal

Contact & Additional Information

Homepage URL
Headquarters Address
1 Quartermaster Ct, Jeffersonville, IN, 47130
Mailing Address
1 Quartermaster Ct, Jeffersonville, IN, 47130
Year Founded
2004

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49 Customer Comments & Reviews

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hoganattorney@aol.com
House Springs, Missouri

3/10/2017
Denied claim on dog who had been continually insured with them for two years because they restarted the waiting period for the dog when I added a new dog to the policy and they gave us a new policy number.


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Donna
Phoenix, Arizona

3/7/2017
Easy to work with. Checks come in a timely time.


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Nicole
Union City, California

1/25/2017
I was very happy with Petfirst a few years ago with my first dog. They were helpful, paid the claims in a timely manner, and were very helpful. I used them for years. With my current dog I have had their insurance not even a year and they have refused my claims, and because she is about to turn a year older they are raising my monthly even though they have never paid on a claim. When I called up to talk to the representative about this I expressed my displeasure with their service and it seemed like she could care less if they had my business or not. I felt they really are more in it for the money than actually caring about your pet.


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anne
Louisville, Colorado

1/22/2017
Misleading - Lifetime policy is only good when they renew it. DO NOT USE THIS GROUP - they take your premiums, increasing them year after year advertising you have a LIFETIME limit and the first time my dog had a claim when he was 7, after I'd spent thousands of dollars on premiums, my policy was not renewed. So the Lifetime was only until I had one claim for less than $300 - I had a balance of $4,750 Lifetime left. They also LIED when they sold me the policy saying how great it would be to have a Sr pet with a Lifetime balance. Bank what you'd pay monthly and finance your own pet care. They are unethical and do not care about the health of your pet or your customer loyalty if they... Read More


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k
Massillon, Ohio

11/17/2016
Don't waste your money. PetFirst pet insurance will deny every claim.


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Aimee
, California

10/25/2016
They are terrible. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE. Poor customer service. Painful for our vet's office to deal with on claims. Our credit card was stolen this year and they claim to have emailed and called us but no emails go through. Would be awesome to actually get a LETTER before they cancel your policy!


Emma P

10/24/2016
I have had this insurance for 9 years. I have rarely used it other than for basic needs. I get denied about 50% of the time. Most recently I got denied for a surgery...the main reason I got insurance. I have $7500.00 to draw from yet I got denied my claim for small print exclusion. I get to pay monthly premiums and $5000.00 medical bill. I don't see how this insurance is even in the top 10. It sucks in my book. Underwriters get a heart! Emma Pavich


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LESLIE T
Huntsville, Alabama

10/4/2016
Don't waste your money on this garbage pet insurance. You'll be waiting forever to get reimbursed on claims. That is if you even do get reimbursed!!!!


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Lori A
Union City, New Jersey

9/22/2016
I have had this insurance for a few years & was satisfied ,until the premiums went up substantially, I then spoke to a representative who helped me choose a policy, which I found out to be just awful. So now I am waiting over 2 weeks to speak to a manager ,because they have no direct line ,who said my voice mail didn t work (when another representative left a voicemail), & it seems I m getting a major run around . I already spoke to numerous representatives why I need to speak to a manager & they are still asking me to clarify why I need to speak to a manager. Because I feel the chosen policy was misrepresented ...


Chelsea C
Shelbyville, Kentucky

6/10/2016
Our dog ate some Hydroxycut that spilled on the floor. We had no idea how many he ate since the entire bottled spilled. We rushed him to the emergency vet where he had his stomach pumped and had to stay for observation. Thankfully, he was okay - I think mom and dad were more scared than he was. This pet insurance allowed us to not worry about the price of treatment. We got our money back quickly and I'm sure we will be using it again since he has the habit of eating things he shouldn't.



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7.9 / 10
  • A+ rated with Better Business Bureau
  • Short waiting period before coverage begins
  • Hereditary, congenital & chronic conditions
  • No exam required
  • Coverage for exam fees