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Can you afford not to insure your pet?
Our aim is to help pet 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 pet become seriously ill or injuredMark Greening, Gocompare.com head of pet insurance
Could you help your pet 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 does pet insurance cover?
Basic cover tends to insure against one-off injuries and short-term illnesses, the most extensive cover can insure against anything that happens to a pet in its 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 pet insurance premiums calculated?
Like any form of insurance, pet insurance is an exact science calculated on a case-by-case basis. There are a number of factors that can affect premiums, such as the breed and age of the pet, the type of product selected and expected future veterinary fee inflationJon Severs, journalist
What are the most common pet insurance 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 does pet insurance cover?
As well as cover for long-term illnesses and injuries, pet insurance can also provide cover for a wide range of other costs. For example, if your dog is lost or stolen, some insurance policies will cover the cost of advertising and offer a reward to help you find your petMark Greening, Gocompare.com head of pet insurance
Why choose Gocompare.com's pet insurance comparison service?
Save money and time by comparing 23 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 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 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 pet, where it's kept, its purchase price, and whether it's been microchipped or tagged.
Should you require pet insurance for an animal other than a cat or dog, try the link above to EXOTICDIRECT,** our preferred provider for exotic pet insurance. 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 pet insurance policies, our comparison services make it easy to find the right product at the right price. Find out more about those types of policies in our pet insurance guides, where you'll also find the answers to frequently asked questions.
Our guides offer more information on key areas of pet insurance such as vet fees, cover for older pets, third party liability, kennel and cattery fees, previous medical conditions, foreign cover, pedigree breeds, cremation costs, excesses and missing pet cover, and you'll find dedicated pages on particular animals.
There's also plenty to read on subjects like travelling with your pet, microchipping, vaccinations, and great small pets 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 pet insurance***
- 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