Newtown Square-based pet insurer extends coverage during coronavirus

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Newtown Square-based pet insurance provider is offering extended coverage — at no added cost — to support its members during the coronavirus crisis. 

Although there have been no cases in the U.S. in which pets contracted COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to stay away from pets, if you become ill, because there’s still not enough known about the virus. 

As a precaution, Petplan is offering coverage for virus treatment for cats and dogs, including COVID-19.

“We just went on record, just as a peace of mind, if the situation changes and pets do become infected with the virus,” said Petplan CEO Paul Guyardo. 

Virtual vet services are among the benefits.

“With all of these stay-at-home recommendations, people can't get to the vet. This is a way that they can interact with their vet, and we cover that expense up to $1,000,” he said.

Guyardo said Petplan is trying to pick up on the trend in telehealth services.

“You can text, chat, email and (call),” he said. “It's a trend in human health care, and we picked up on that and we really wanted to advance it in pet care.”

And if you become hospitalized for several days, pet boarding is also covered up to $1,000.

You can also add a pet guardian to your account. “That way if the guardian has to take your pet to the vet, he or she has everything they need in terms of your insurance coverage.”