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Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus

Our verdict: It's not as comprehensive as pet insurance, but it can help cover the costs of preventative care for your pet

Pet insurance can be a valuable financial safety net, but if you're anything like us, you'd prefer for your furry friend not to become unwell in the first place.

The Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus program is designed to be a happy medium - not quite pet insurance but a membership-based preventative care initiative. It'll help you keep your pet in tip-top shape by encouraging regular check-ups, educating you about maintaining your four-legged friend's health and promoting veterinary products and services.

Pros

  • Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus helps your pet stay healthy and well with unlimited veterinary consultations, free vaccinations and discounts on food, products and services
  • You can access all the membership benefits straight away, unlike pet insurance which often has strict waiting periods.
  • Receive 10% off when you sign up multiple pets.

Cons

  • Healthy Pets Plus is cheaper than the cost of pet insurance but doesn't cover as many vet services.
  • While there are over 160 clinics to choose from, you're locked into using only Greencross Vets.
  • You're not covered when things go wrong, unlike comprehensive pet insurance. Vet visits following a car accident, snake bite or broken bone are expensive and still need to be paid for.

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What's covered

Members of the Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus program are entitled to a comprehensive list of animal health products and services at no extra charge. Here's what's included:
  • Unlimited consultations and advice at Greencross Vets
  • Free access to Greencross's 24/7 video advice service
  • All vaccinations recommended by your Greencross vet
  • Microchipping
  • Pet dental checks with $200 off annual dental scale and polish
  • Free emergency consultations at selected emergency partner hospitals
  • Urine analysis and parasite faecal testing
  • Heartworm testing
  • Wellness blood test or pre-anaesthetic blood test
  • Nutritional counselling and weight management advice
  • 20% discount on parasite and heartworm prevention
  • 20% discount on vet prescription pet food
  • 10% discount on all other products and services

Money back

Membership costs

Healthy Pets Plus offers two types of membership programs: canine and feline.
  • Both programs cost $540 per year.
  • Additional pets receive a 10% discount.
  • You can pay fortnightly, monthly or annually.
  • Pay in instalments at no additional cost.

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What isn't covered

Since the Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus program is geared towards preventative care as opposed to pet insurance policies that only kick in after your pet becomes sick or injured, a number of exclusions apply.

  • Vet restrictions. The main limitation is that treatment and services must be provided by a Greencross vet, or in the case of urgent after-hours care, you must visit selected emergency partner hospitals.
  • Discounts only at specific retailers. Similarly, the discounts for products, medications and services only apply to items purchased from Greencross Vets.
  • Major consultations. Consultations greater than 20 minutes, for example, to treat dermatological or behavioural problems, are excluded.
  • Sedation. If your pet requires sedation, this is not covered by the membership.
  • Annual screening only. The health screening tests are only valid once per membership year.
  • Certain medications. Any medication purchased from compounding pharmacies is not included.

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How do I cancel my membership?

If you become a member of the Healthy Pets Plus program and later decide that it's not right for you and your pet, you can cancel your membership.

  • Each membership is for a period of 12 months but new members have a one-month cooling-off period
  • Cancelling after this time means you'll need to pay for the benefits you've used
  • If you've fully paid for a whole year, the difference will be calculated for a refund
  • To cancel your membership, send an email to: info@healthypetsplus.com.au

The bottom line about Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus

The chief advantage of Greencross Vets Healthy Pets Plus is that you get access to a wide range of benefits that include free consultations, core vaccinations and annual health screening tests. Membership can be more affordable than some of the cheapest pet insurance policies and this could be more than enough for some pets. If you live in an apartment and your kitty never ventures any further than the balcony, for example, you might decide that pet insurance is not worth the investment.

Once you've paid your membership, you don't have to fork out anything extra for all your standard consultations and essential vaccinations. Plus, you get a discount on pet food, worming medication and other care essentials. This can seriously help cut down on the significant costs of owning a pet.

The drawback of a membership like this is that you won't be covered for serious illness or accidental injuries and will need to pay these costs out of pocket. If you decide you need both, then a more economical option could be comprehensive pet insurance with routine care pet cover.

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