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Bit confused with Waggel. The website says it covers dental, behavioural issues, pre-existing conditions etc. It's one of the first things highlighted on their homepage. But now I've signed up and paid, the small print seems to suggest that it doesn't really cover these things. Dental treatment won't be covered unless a recent vet check (must have been done in the last 12 months) shows there were no dental issues. I don't think my dog had dental problems 12 months ago, but it is essential that i have proof from a vet to show that. Waggel say they cover treatment for behavioural issues, but again the fine print says that a vet must show that it is a recent change of behaviour that needs treating, and the behavioural issue is not how the dog would have acted 'normally'. I'm a bit concerned that it will be impossible for me to ever claim anything successfully, and that they lure customers in with shiny (but hollow) promises.
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Hello,

Thanks for becoming a Waggel customer, although it's unfortunate you have experienced some confusion. We understand there's a lot of anxiety around whether or not insurance companies will actually pay out for a claim which is why we pride ourselves on being fully transparent, so you can feel confident you know where you stand - hopefully I can clear things up for you. This might be a little wordy, but I'll do my best to keep it as short as possible!

The way policy sub-limits work is that within your vet fees coverage (the amount you can claim per policy year) you are able to claim up to the amount of that sub-limit. This includes, as you pointed out, dental and behavioural issues. This means that even if you have £10,000 vet fees coverage, you can only claim up to £1,000 for dental treatment for example. We do this in order to keep your monthly premium affordable and our sub-limit amounts are chosen so that the majority of our customers never reach them.

Separate to sub-limits there are "pre-existing conditions". These are conditions that have occurred prior to you getting pet insurance with your insurance provider. For example, a dog or cat is treated for a damaged tooth and you then take out insurance, that insurance policy won't cover that tooth. The reason for this is that monthly premiums are calculated according to the likelihood of that particular dog encountering a new issue within the period of the policy.

In your particular case, as you highlighted above, we do require a vet to have checked your dogs teeth within 12 months prior to a dental claim. This is in order to establish the onset date, so that we can be confident that it occurred during your policy period and therefore we can pay the claim. This is pretty standard across pet insurance (and human health insurance again).

Anecdotally, as a dog owner myself I discovered when I asked my vet for a dental checkup on my Golden Retriever, Sailor, for the same reason as you highlighted above, it turned out every time we've gone to the vets they've performed a dental check - for free - and put it on record so that I'm able to claim for any dental treatments. You may find your vet has been doing the same, and if not you can ask them to. If it turns out there's no pre-existing dental conditions then you can feel happy and confident that you're covered.

The same goes for behavioural - it's really not there to screw customers, it's purely there to ensure that our customers treat us as fairly as we treat them. If there's nothing on record showing a dog has behavioural issues, then your vet won't have a problem specifying that in the event that you need to claim.

All of this information is available prior to purchase - I can assure you there is no luring in of customers or smoke and mirrors being deployed to hide the above. In fact, all of the above can be easily accessed by clicking "Find out what this covers" during the quote process - at the step where you choose your vet fee coverage.

I hope that's provided the clarity you hoped for, if not we do proudly offer the ability to cancel any time if you're not happy and please do feel free to contact us via live chat or phone if you'd like any further information - ask for me personally and I'll be more than happy to speak to you directly.

Ross
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
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