Protecting patients and pets

Since animal-assisted therapy it isn’t necessarily a risk-free activity; as a person in charge of an animal, it is important to be aware of the potential for incidents to occur in the presence of frail or vulnerable people.

Pets as therapy insurance provides you with protection against some of the most common risks. It also reassures clients and their health care providers, many of whom will expect you to have insurance before they agree to any animal-assisted therapy.

A sign of your professionalism and commitment to safety

Our pets as therapy insurance has been designed to cover animal-assisted therapy involving small animals and yard animals. It also serves as therapy dog insurance.

The policy will protect you against third-party claims for injuries or damage resulting from something you did (or failed to do) during the course of your work.

You can also choose optional cover to protect you against claims from employees for injuries resulting from their work. In addition, if you are taken to court, we also offer additional cover for the cost of your legal expenses.

Regardless of what cover you opt for, it is important to note that this insurance will not cover any therapies involving animals classed as equine, venomous, or any dangerous wild animals.

If you need therapy dog handler insurance or cover for other animal assisted therapy business activities, call today on 01284 736 874, or complete our enquiry form.

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Pets as therapy insurance FAQ

What animals are covered for animal-assisted therapy?

We cover dogs, small animals (e.g. guinea pigs and rabbits) and yard animals such as chickens for hospitals, care homes, and old age people’s homes.

What are the risks of animal-assisted therapy?

There are a few safety and sanitation risk factors to consider. It is important to consider risk of injury and patient allergies to animals. There may also be the risk of possessive behaviour or attachment issues from patients who do not want to part with the animal.

What is animal-assisted therapy used for?

Animals are often used as an alternative or complementary form of therapy for alleviating symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression in patients with mental and physical health conditions.

Can you earn money with a therapy dog in the UK?

Therapy dogs can allow you to earn money by offering your dog as a comfort animal to others. However, therapy dogs are often used on a voluntary basis and you must be present with them at all times.

Money Back Guarantee

Just starting up? Change or even cancel your policy anytime without any administration fees. Even better – Pet Business Insurance will refund your money, pro-rata, for any unused period of cover (as long as you haven’t made a claim of course!).

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