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Pet insurance

Compare multiple pet insurance quotes for cats, dogs and other furry or feathered friends

  • Find pet insurance policies for all breeds of cats and dogs
  • Get other mammals, reptiles and birds insured with ExoticDirect[1]
  • Multiple quotes from a single search, with Defaqto star ratings to help you choose



Our trusted pet insurance brands

  • PetPals Direct
  • John Lewis Insurance
  • Argos
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    If your extended family includes cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and chinchillas, parrots and birds of prey, reptiles, and even llamas, you’re one of the millions pampering pets in the UK. GoCompare will help you find insurance for your pet, and if you have questions about the right policy for you, peruse GoCompare’s library of pet insurance guides
    Amanda Bathory, GoCompare insurance editor
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Get informed

Pet insurance gives you quick access to care when your pet's in need, and depending on what your policy includes, it may also cover you for some costs at the vets, such as your pet's annual check-up and vaccinations, up to a certain sum.

As you compare pet insurance quotes, check what cover’s included as standard:

  • Illness
  • Injury as the result of an accident
  • Death
  • Theft or loss
  • Damage caused by your pet to third parties

How to get pet insurance

Setting your pet up with a suitable policy is straightforward, so long as you have this information to hand:

  • Your personal information, such as your name and address
  • The breed, age and gender of your pet
  • Where your pet lives
  • Its purchase price
  • Whether it’s microchipped
  • Medical history, including any pre-existing conditions, if it’s been spayed or neutered, and if its vaccinations are up to date
  • Details about its behavioural history

You can opt to pay for pet insurance monthly or annually, and you can also adjust the amount of excess you're comfortable with.

Pet tails

  • There were 8.5 million pet dogs in the UK in 2016[2]
  • 17% of households played host to a cat[2]

To help you choose, we'll show you star ratings and helpful information from independent financial researcher Defaqto.

When you’ve got a favourite, you can buy online or phone the insurer if you have any questions.

Cheap pet insurance

The cheapest policy may not offer the right protection, so sniff-out what will really look after your pet before signing up with the most affordable insurer.

There are several categories of pet insurance and some tend to be cheaper than others:

Accident-only pet insurance covers treatment if they're involved in an accident

Time-limited pet insurance covers treatment for a capped amount within a 12-month period. If you renew the policy after one year, you won’t be able to claim again for that condition

Maximum benefit pet insurance gives you an annual sum to claim on throughout the year, either per policy, per condition, or both

Lifetime pet insurance pays for ailment or illness with no time limit on each condition

be aware that some policies are 'co-insurance’, meaning you’ll have to pay a percentage of the remaining vet’s fees after the excess is deducted.

Find out more about pet insurance

If you have any unanswered questions about insurance for your pet, explore the guides in our Pet insurance library.

You can read about vet fees, cover for older pets, third party liability, co-insurance, dental cover, kennel and cattery fees, previous medical conditions, foreign and holiday cover, pedigree breeds, accidental damage, alternative therapies, cremation costs, excesses and missing pet cover.

We’ll walk you through buying and owning pets, travelling with them, microchipping, vaccinations, and great small pets for young kids, plus lots of money-saving tips.

And, we’ll ‘paws’ for thought about cover for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, plus snakes, rabbits and tortoises.