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Hi We have been in the process of applying for Express Entry to Manitoba. (Process started about a year ago, when we decided we want to move to Manitoba from SA - process officialy started early this year). My husband has a possible job offer and should we leave in Jan-Feb 19 we would need some pointers on below: Travel insurance and medical coverage. Which airline to fly? Who allows dogs in cabin? How to go about in renting a house so that when we get there we have somewhere to live. (or are hotels cheap enough for us to book into while we look for somewhere to live?) What is the process in buying a car once we get there? My husband needs to take over some tools, will it be cheaper to sell here and by new ones there? (he is a Diesel Mechanic and will need them to work) Just some general information regarding the whole process, things we need to do or get in place before we leave and once we get there, will be greatly appreciated! Regards
Hi everyone... I'm writing this from Ontario - I'm not sure if it is different in other states in Canada, but this is my experience. If you have pets, you should get pet insurance. We were extremely spoiled in SA and we were charged nominal fees for vet care... in Canada the prices are HIGH. 1. What Pet Insurance do you use? We use Pet Plus Us... we did a lot of research and there are many others, like Trupanion. They are mostly insured through the US, but you can do your own research and see what company and what plans suit you. 2. What does Pet Insurance cover? This depends on the company and the plan. In general they will not cover anything elective, including vet visits or elective surgery like spaying/neutering. Many companies will not pay for pre-existing conditions. You do get companies that pay for everything, even funeral plans for your dogs, but you pay accordingly. 3. Is Pet Insurance expensive and how does it work? It is expensive. We are paying $90 per month for our old Boston Terrier and about $70 per month for our French Bulldog puppy. Older dogs cost more. When you apply you have to fill out a few forms and older dogs need to go for a full physical examination and blood tests at your own cost. After you are underwritten you get partial cover for a few months where you can't claim anything that isn't a dire emergency. Thereafter you get full coverage. The coverage depends as I said on the company and plan. However we customised ours online and we have to pay an overhead of $600 the first time we claim, but only once a year. After that we have to pay 10% of the total bill and they will cover the rest. They cover up to $7500 per year per dog. The plans above ours included details that were almost unlimited but you could find yourself paying up to $400 per dog per month. You will need to tailor make it to your needs and budget. 4. If Pet Insurance is so expensive, then why should I get any? If you visit the vet you will pay $200 each time, that I guarantee you. It's about $80 for a consultation (tax is added later), but then the various injections and pills add up. We have never paid less that this for a visit, especially for vaccinations that are very expensive. They have a terrible habit of microcharging for each thing i.e. blood tests $40, drawing blood $40, blood admin $10. Remember, pet insurance won't pay for any of this in most cases. However, our old dog got very sick earlier this month and had to be admitted to their hospital. We had to pay a $1000 deposit. We were told that depending on her treatment it would cost between $1500 and $4000 for her to stay between 1 and 4 days. Luckily she stayed for one day and our total bill was $1500. We will only have to pay 10% of this thanks to our insurance. Also remember that she had one X-ray of her tummy and a simple drip in her arm for rehydration... nothing fancy. Dogs who have surgery or other intensive treatments could get massive bills. Vet bills are a whole other ball game in Canada, much like dentistry. If you have pets, get insurance before you get a massive bill in the post. Enjoy!
Hi All, I'm considering taking my Boston Terrier with me to Toronto. I'm curious to know if anyone else took their pets with and how the dogs (in specific) adapted to the cold/snow weather? Also what company you used to fly your pet to Canada and the average cost of this? And off course any tips that can be useful. I'm in particular little stressed about clearing customs on the Canadian side. Thanks so much, Marleze