Acupuncture — The Chinese have been using this form of therapy for centuries. It involves
using needles to stabilize energy flow within the meridian system to bring the body back into
balance, helping it fight disease. Most commonly used to treat arthritis in pets, acupuncture
may work for conditions ranging from neurological problems (such as seizures) to skin
disorders, thyroid imbalances and heart conditions.
Is acupuncture covered by pet insurance?
Yes, acupuncture is included in covered treatments by the
Healthy Paws plan when performed by a licensed veterinarian to treat a new injury or illness.
Chiropractic — Chiropractic therapy uses the body's own healing
abilities and the relationship between the spine and the nervous system to restore and maintain good
health. This kind of therapy is particularly helpful for dogs, who more-commonly suffer from joint degeneration,
floating kneecaps, hip dysplasia, tail injuries and TMJ issues. It can help cats and dogs with
urinary incontinence, injuries from slips and falls, neck and back pain and post-surgical healing.
Is chiropractic covered by pet insurance?
The Healthy Paws plan includes coverage for chiropractic therapy if
it is recommended and performed by a licensed veterinarian.
Hydrotherapy — This form of treatment is most commonly used for dogs.
Hydrotherapy is a carefully controlled, closely monitored course of swimming sessions in a specially designed
heated pool. Hydrotherapy has been proven to provide significant and lasting benefits for pets with a wide
range of conditions, including arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate and spinal injuries, fractures and neurological
damage. Hydrotherapy also increases the chances of your pet's fast and compete recovery after surgery by
relieving pain and reducing swelling and stiffness.
Does pet insurance cover hydrotherapy?
Yes, hydrotherapy is included in coverage by the Healthy Paws plan when recommended and performed by
a licensed veterinarian for any new injury or illness that is not pre-existing.
Physical Therapy — Just like humans, physical therapy for animals is used
for rehabilitation after healing from orthopedic injuries. Physical therapy can include various techniques, such
as range of motion exercises to help restore normal joint movement and flexibility, massage therapy to help with
circulation, and cold therapy to reduce inflammation. Rehabilitation is vital to the healing process and helping
your pet get back to their pre-injury physical abilities.
Does pet insurance cover physical therapy?
Yes, physical therapy is covered by the Healthy Paws plan when recommended and performed by a licensed
veterinarian, as long as the condition treated is not pre-existing.
Laser therapy — Also known as red-light therapy or cold laser therapy,
this low-level light energy works at a frequency that causes a physiological change at the cellular level.
Laser therapy can promote healing and reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to the cells involved. It
reduces the formation of scar tissue and speed the healing of infections and wounds. This type of treatment
can be favored over medication for pets with limited medical treatment options, such as older pets or those
with liver disease.
Does pet insurance cover laser therapy?
The Healthy Paws plan covers laser therapy for new conditions when performed by a licensed veterinarian.
Massage — Massage therapy is one form of rehabilitation that uses specific
hand movements to improve muscle and joint function. Massage can help stimulate or relax muscles and improve
circulation of lymphatic fluid and blood flow. This type of therapy is rarely a standalone treatment; when a
veterinarian recommends massage for an injury, it is often a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Does pet insurance cover massage?
The Healthy Paws plan covers massage, which is often a component of a holistic physical therapy approach when
performed by a licensed veterinarian.
Veterinary herbal therapy — Herbal medicine, also called herbalism, is an
umbrella term for the use of plant-based medicines. Companies have advertised that herbal approaches can help
manage conditions like epilepsy, liver failure, hormonal disorders, and chronic kidney failure. At this time,
most herbal treatments for veterinary use lack regulated manufacturing standards and quality control.
Does pet insurance cover herbology/herbalism?
The Healthy Paws plan does not cover herbal medicine treatments.
Homeopathy — Not to be confused with herbal medicine, homeopathy consists
of therapeutic remedies made from natural substances to work with the body to gently improve health. Homeopathic
pharmacies must produce medication that complies with standards set by the Food and Drug Administration and the
Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. Homeopathy may be used as an alternative medicine or in addition
to conventional medicines.
Does pet insurance cover homeopathy?
No, the Healthy Paws plan does not cover homeopathy treatments.