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Vet Claims and Parrot Insurance

Published on Friday, 18th October 2019
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None of us like to think about our beloved Parrots becoming ill. But should the worst happen, and your bird is unwell, do you have the money to pay for what could be expensive vet bills? 

At this difficult time, you need the peace of mind that your feathered friend is getting the care they deserve.

Below are some vet fee claims ExoticDirect have paid during 2019. The conditions are probably already known to you, but the shock is probably in the cost of treatment. 

These are the kind of costs owners can face. Without insurance these owners may not have been able to cover the costs. 

£1,326 for Aspergillosis in a Moluccan Cockatoo
£2,850 for a Respiratory Infection in an African Grey Parrot
£2,432 for Polyuria in an African Grey Parrot
£2,027 for Zinc Toxity in a Red Lored Amazon
£964 for Chlamydia in a Pineapple Conure
Aspergillosis and Zinc Poisoning
Aspergillosis is a fungal infection that can cause both upper and lower respiratory problems. Areas affected include the lungs and air sacs, as well as the nose, sinuses, eyes and trachea. 
The infection is caused by Aspergillus, a fungus commonly found in the environment. The spores can be found in dust, mould and soil, and are resistant to disinfection. 

Symptoms of Aspergillosis can include lethargy, tail bobbing and weight loss. Because
Aspergillosis symptoms are non specific, a vet is likely to want to perform a thorough examination for diagnoses. More information on Aspergillosis can be found here

Zinc poisoning can occur if Parrots chew on galvanised wire and objects with zinc alloys like coins or jewellery. Although Parrots require trace amounts of zinc to remain healthy, an excess can lead to zinc poisoning.  
Poisoning can be acute, where the Parrot ingests a large amount at once.  Or chronic where the Parrot eats a small amount, often. 

Symptoms are wide and varied, and include depression, weight loss, lethargy and problems eating. You should always get your Parrot seen by a vet immediately if you suspect either aspergillosis or zinc poisoning. 

Read more about zinc poisoning in this blog here

ExoticDirect pet insurance can provide you with the insurance you need to cover potentially hefty vet bills.  

ExoticDirect are winners of the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award 2019 and they have over 20 years’ experience in insuring exotic pets.
They offer £5,000 or £2,500 of vet fee cover for a range of large birds like African Greys, Macaws, Amazons, Cockatoos and more. This includes death and theft cover, which is also available as a standalone policy.

For small bird lovers, you can buy £1,500 of vet fee cover for birds like Cockatiels, Budgerigars, Canaries and more. 

And if you own a collection of small birds, you can get £1,500 of vet fee cover per bird.
This is only available over the phone. 

There is no upper age limit when insuring your bird, and you can cover up to 3 birds on a policy. You can also spread payments using their 0% APR Direct Debit option. 

Don’t get caught trying to find the money for unexpected vet bills. Or spend your time hoping your bird doesn’t get ill. Protect it now, for your peace of mind, and the best possible care for your bird. 

Click here for your 10% discount with ExoticDirect..  

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