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Can you afford not to insure your pet?
Our aim is to help owners compare a range of policies and make potential savings, without having to compromise on cover. It doesn't have to cost the earth to get peace of mind should your animal become seriously ill or injured. We can help you with dog insurance, cat insurance, or cover for a wide range of other animalsBen Wilson, Gocompare.com
Could you help your animal in an emergency?
We see a lot of cases where animals that are either sick or injured have not received the required veterinary treatment and have suffered tremendously as a result. The better the policy, the more likely it is to protect against larger billsAndy Robbins, RSPCA
What do policies cover?
Basic cover tends to insure against one-off injuries and short-term illnesses, the most extensive cover can insure against anything that happens in a lifetime. But all policies will have a cap on expenditure, both in total and for specific illness, so read the fine print - individual insurers will have their own take on what 'lifetime' actually meansJon Severs, journalist
How are premiums calculated?
Like any form of insurance, cover for animals is an exact science calculated on a case-by-case basis. There are a number of factors that affect premiums, such as the breed and age, the type of product selected and expected future veterinary fee inflationJon Severs, journalist
What are the most common claims?
The most common claims tend to be related to lameness and skin disease when medication or continued treatment is required... We can all do our best to try to prevent injury, but ultimately we can't stop accidents from happening. Vet bills can run into thousands of pounds very quickly depending on the treatment requiredNatalie Sword, Animal Friends
What else do policies cover?
As well as cover for long-term illnesses and injuries, insurance can also provide cover for a wide range of other costs. For example, if your dog is lost or stolen, some policies will cover the cost of advertising and offer a reward to help you find your furry friendBen Wilson, Gocompare.com
Why choose Gocompare.com's pet insurance comparison service?
See if you could save money and time by comparing 25 pet insurance brands with one quick search. Tell us your pet's breed, age, gender, medical and behavioural history, and we'll help you find the right insurance policy.
Get the answers to all your questions on insurance for your pet by reading our guides
If you're looking for dog or cat insurance, follow the appropriate link at the top of this page to take you into our easy-to-use quotes service. There you'll be asked basic personal information, plus details of your cat or dog, where it's kept, its purchase price, and whether it's been microchipped or tagged.
Should you require insurance for an animal other than a cat or dog, try the link above to ExoticDirect, our preferred provider for other animals. They have policies available for birds (including parrots and birds of prey), small and large mammals (including rabbits, chinchillas and ferrets) and reptiles (including turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes).
Whether you're looking for time limited, maximum benefit or lifetime policies, our comparison services make it easy to find the right product at the right price, with the latest information from independent financial research and software company Defaqto available to ensure you know exactly what you're getting from your purchase. Find out more about the different types of policies in our guides, where you'll also find the answers to frequently asked questions.
Our guides offer more information on key areas such as vet fees, cover for older pets, third party liability, co-insurance, dental cover, kennel and cattery fees, previous medical conditions, foreign cover, pedigree breeds, accidental damage, alternative therapies, cremation costs, excesses and missing pet cover.
You'll find dedicated pages for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, plus pages on particular animals such as snakes, rabbits and tortoises. There's also plenty to read on subjects like buying and owning cats and dogs, travelling, microchipping, vaccinations, and great small animals for young kids, plus lots of money-saving tips.
Did you know...?
- 86% of owners consider pets to be part of the family
- Only 56% of owners take out insurance for their animals
- A good rule-of-thumb budget for keeping a cat is £1,000 a year
- Snakes can live for up to 30 years and need to sleep in a warmer temperature after consuming their weekly mouse