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Families entitled to 'PDSA' treatment, a question ...

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Disenchanted3 Wed 26-Aug-09 19:39:49

Do you still have pet insurance?

We are entitled to PDSA treatment, with our first dog 6 years ago we were not, our insurance was £4.50 pm.

I now cannot find a quote for under £20pm (we have 2 dogs too)

Do the PDSA get paid from insurers like private vets?

Or would it either be

a - get insurance & use private vets,

b - use PDSA?

We have been taking the dogs to the private vets upto now (cost over £100 uptonow for injections, worming, flea treatment and a headbump) and add another £80 in 2 weeks for 2nd injections and microchipping for both.

Obviously this is what it costs to get the puppies off to a good start in life and am happy to pay it but am more wondering over accidents / illnesses etc ...


thesunshinesbrightly Thu 27-Aug-09 00:02:39

didnt know you still had to have pet insurance???
As you dont have to pay for o.p's at the PDSA and pet insuarance doesnt cover injections,flea treatment and worming anyway.

Disenchanted3 Thu 27-Aug-09 09:33:54

Thats what Im asking, do I still have to?

thesunshinesbrightly Thu 27-Aug-09 10:49:01

why don't you phone the PDSA and ask them

Disenchanted3 Thu 27-Aug-09 18:03:39

Ys, I did, they said theres no point in getting insurance if I go through the PDSA.

lou031205 Thu 27-Aug-09 18:31:26

We are entitled, but won't give up the insurance 'cos dog has a skin allergy. V. expensive to treat if it flairs. Covered with PPlan, but if we stop insurance it would become pre-existing. If we then stopped PDSA entitlement, we'd be stuffed.

shigella Thu 27-Aug-09 20:14:01

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Disenchanted3 Thu 27-Aug-09 20:26:33

You have to recieve housing benefit or council tax benefit to be able to use the PDSA.

shigella Thu 27-Aug-09 20:54:32

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Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 09:52:01

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Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 09:54:15

And its not 'free' you make a donation,

so the operation (for example) could cost £100 and someone could donate £100 if they have it or if they are having a bad month £50 or even £20.

And yes it IS an 'entitlement' thats they word THEY use because if you get benefits you are entitled to the service.

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:00:13

Isn't it great that you can't post ANYTHING to do with any kind of benefit on mumsnet without getting a fucking lecture over how w live our grubby little benefit grabbing lives?!

NervousNutty Fri 28-Aug-09 10:11:12

Thats mn for you Disenchanted, always ready to have a go.

We have a cat and she was insured until I split with xp and went onto benfits. I did carry on paying for a while until someone reminded me that i'd be entitled to tratement from the pdsa, so I cancelled the policy.

I took the cat once as she was generally out of sorts and off her food, and they gave her an antibiotic shot and a course of ab's. I donated £5 and so did my dad.

I would have liked to of donated more, but wasn't able at the time.

If you are entitled to use the pdsa then do so.

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:14:43

Thanks Nutty,

newpup Fri 28-Aug-09 10:19:25

How charming Disenchanted!

Shigella was not rude and she is entitled to her opinion.

It is an ethical choice to get an animal knowing you can not pay for it.

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:24:11

I never said I could not pay for my dogs hmm

I said did I need insurance, from that statement it is quite clear I was looking into getting insurance,

I rang the PDSA and they told me 'not to bother' their exact words!

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:25:44

And she was rude because my question was 'do the PDSA claim through private pet insurance?'

Not should I have gotten a dog because my husband is ill and cannot work!

newpup Fri 28-Aug-09 10:27:26

I did not say you could not either was just agreeing with shigella's point of view.

Just felt it was very rude to swear at another poster in an aggressive manner for giving her opinion in a polite manner.

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:33:41

I don't need a lecture from a stranger on the web, I asked an unrelated question.

I suppose pensioners should all have their pets taken away from them as soon as they start getting their pension benefits then?
As everyone who uses the PDSA are such bad eggs eh?

Wilts Fri 28-Aug-09 10:38:26

Disenchanted- My friend uses the PDSA, but she also has insurance on her younger dog( she has two) . I think her concern is that he would get some sort of illness like diabetes that would require lifetime medication and that for whatever reason the PDSA in her area may close, or she may move.

Good luck with whatever you decide, I am envy at your pups grin

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:45:44

they are adorable

Thankyou, thats something to consider,

like I said I never said I would not get insurance I was asking if I did or not.

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 10:47:01

Sorry I meant ' if I did need to'

interesting that the PDSA themselves told me not to bother though isn't it?

bedlambeast Fri 28-Aug-09 10:56:58

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newpup Fri 28-Aug-09 11:33:21

You are charming disenchanted! I was not lecturing you but never mind.

Obviously you do not want a stranger on the web to lecture you and most users do not want a stranger to swear at them either!

Good luck with finding an answer to your question.

Disenchanted3 Fri 28-Aug-09 11:36:05

That I am grin

Yeah, cheers.

Am not sure regarding emergencies Bedlam, have thankfully not had one upto now, will look into it.


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