Fur Babies Are Part Of The Military Family Too: Here’s How To Protect Them

When we think of what makes our military family special, our pets are right up there! They have a way of making our homes complete, from one duty station to the next. They are with us through thick and thin, as our families grow, through numerous moves, and have gotten us through separations from our service members during training and deployments.

Have you considered how stressful the military lifestyle can be on our beloved furry friends? If you’ve ever had to crate your dog and listen to it calling for you in the airport on the other side, you’ll realize that your pet just did his or her part for our country.

Every few years, our pets relocate and endure big changes. They experience long travel days, and the sights, sounds, and smells of new homes, new yards, and new dog parks. They experience separation anxiety and don't always understand what’s going on.

Don't they deserve the best?

2020: The Year of the Pet

Arguably, most of us have been home more this year than in past years. Between postponed travels, remote work, and virtual school, our pets have been delightfully perplexed, but also overjoyed that we have “decided” to stay home and give them more love and attention throughout the day than we usually are able to.

Outside of extra walks, play sessions, naps, and cuddles on the couch, there are ways to show your military family pets just how much you care!

Pet Insurance by AFI

Do you have a financial plan for if and when your pet gets sick, injured, needs testing, or develops an allergy or anxiety at your new duty station? Chances are that you’ve heard about pet insurance, but just haven’t taken a moment to investigate it, because military life can be a bit wild and crazy… and that’s putting it lightly!

Just like the military lifestyle, pets can also be unpredictable. It’s a solid idea to have a readiness plan for your favorite cat and dog, for when the unexpected occurs. Armed Forces Insurance (AFI), offers pet health insurance that can help with routine office visits, to surprise medical incidents, and more.

AFI keeps it simple by providing one simple, comprehensive plan. Your cat or dog can be covered with a policy that’s customized to fit any budget without a sacrifice in coverage.

What Does Pet Insurance Cover?

Protect your cat or dog against accidents and illnesses (minus pre-existing conditions), and know that when it’s time to make the choice between caring for your sick pet’s diagnostic tests and medication or paying your family’s bills, it’s a no-brainer -- you’re already covered.

Protect the health of your military family’s pet, including:

  • Breed-specific conditions
  • Cancer treatment
  • Diagnostic testing and imaging
  • Surgery, hospitalization, and nursing care
  • Alternative therapies and rehabilitation
  • Emergency room and specialist care
  • Vet exam fees
  • Prescription Drug Coverage (optional)

Each of your pets has an annual maximum for reimbursement that can be set at $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 -- your choice. There is a lifetime maximum of $50,000. To download AFI’s pet insurance brochure and see how they can cover the pets in your military family, please click here.

Trust Armed Forces Insurance

Designed with the military in mind, AFI proudly supports what’s important to your military family through personal service and competitive rates. Created and led by former military leaders who understand the unique challenges that come with military service, AFI has supported military families for over 130 years. Their coverage options provide peace of mind for active, retired, and former military personnel, their families, and civilian Department of Defense employees. For more information, please click here.