Pet Insurance Options

We have insurance for ourselves, our cars and our homes, but what about for our beloved pets? They are an important part of your family and a member of your pack—if disasters occur, having your companion animal taken care of with pet insurance provides peace of mind. Proper coverage could save—and extend—the life of your pet.

There are many pet insurance companies available, and we encourage you to seek different options to find the best fit for you and your furry friend. Here are just a few options currently available to pet owners. 

Trupanion features:

  • 24/7 customer care
  • Direct veterinary payments whenever possible
  • One simple 90 percent coverage plan offered without confusing options

Pets Best features:

  • Fast claims, paid typically in five days or less
  • Flexible coverage with no age limits
  • Founded by a veterinarian

Nationwide features:

  • Wellness coverage, which gives cash back
  • Full dental coverage
  • Deep experience, as Nationwide was the first company to offer pet insurance in all of North America

For additional information and to compare more pet health insurance options, check out this handy tool!

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Your dog, cat or other pet may be a different species, but we all process and feel pain in much the same way. That’s why the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management has selected September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. In cooperation with veterinary professionals around the world, they hope to bring recognition to the issue of both acute and chronic pain in animals and encourage pet owners to look for symptoms of pain and discomfort.

While acute or urgent pain is obvious, chronic pain can be subtle and pet owners may see it as simply “getting old” or “slowing down.” Some signs to look for include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Decreased activity
  • Reluctance to jump up on surfaces (cats)
  • Overgrooming or licking a particular area
  • Difficulty standing after lying down

At Shinnecock Animal Hospital, we know that pets often have peculiar ways of demonstrating their pain—that’s why we put so much importance on pain management. Along with traditional wellness services, did you know that we also offer alternative medicine to pets, including herbal medications and acupuncture? These methods can help alleviate pain in your pets that is specific to neurologic disease, respiratory problems and more!

If you’re interested in alternative medicine for your best friend, or if your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment for them by contacting 631-887-3501 or schedule a visit online.