Pet insurance

Protect your dogs, cats and other furry friends - compare pet insurance quotes in minutes

Why should I insure my pets?

There’s no NHS for pets. Veterinary care can be eye-wateringly expensive but most cats and dogs will need treatment for an illness or injury at some point in their life.

It’s difficult to think about your animals being hurt or unwell, but you need to ask yourself: what would you do if you were faced with a vet bill for hundreds or thousands of pounds a year?

Pet insurance gives you peace of mind that you’ll be able to pay for treatment and concentrate on getting them on the road to recovery.

The cost of pet insurance

Pet insurance can be quite cost effective for young, healthy animals that have never been unwell, starting from just a few pounds a month.

Cats are generally cheaper to insure than dogs and costs rise as your pet ages or if they have any pre-existing health conditions.

The best way to find the right policy for you at a competitive price is to compare pet insurance.

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Pet insurance levels of cover

Pet insurance comes in lots of different shapes and sizes – you just need to choose the right one for your little pal.

Accident-only

Accident-only pet insurance will only cover treatment if your pet is involved in an accident.

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Time-limited

If you pick a time-limited policy, there will be a capped amount on the treatment you can claim in a 12-month period. If you renew the policy after one year, you won’t be able to claim again for that condition.

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Maximum benefit

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

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Lifetime

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

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What does pet insurance cover?

What’s covered

Levels of cover vary depending on the type of policy, but as well as veterinary treatment for accidents and/or illness, policies often include:

  • Third party liability (dogs only)
  • Some alternative therapies
  • Diagnostic costs for illnesses, like blood tests
  • Advertising costs to find lost pets

What’s not covered

Pet insurance is for the unexpected, so there’s a few things that are usually excluded:

  • Vaccinations
  • Routine vet check ups
  • Preventative treatment
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Dental treatment (although emergency dental work from injuries sustained in an accident should be covered)
  • Euthanasia and cremation/burial costs

Get started, with just a few details

  1. Your info

    Your name, address, that kind of thing

  2. Your pet's info

    Such as their breed, age and gender

  3. Where your pet lives

    Their permanent address, even if they go walkies now and again

  4. Their medical history

    Do they have any pre-existing conditions we should know about?

  5. Your pet's purchase price

    How much you paid to buy or adopt your pet

Types of pet insurance

  • Dog insurance

    Cover for your hound, whatever the shape or size

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  • Cat insurance

    Protect your pampered Persian or cuddly moggy

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  • Horse insurance

    Equine insurance for horse and rider

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  • Rabbit insurance

    Specialist policies can cover small animals too

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Will it cost more to insure an older animal?

It may be more expensive to insure older pets as they’re more prone to health issues.

However, you can still find a policy to cover them – if a standard policy won’t do, talk to a specialist insurer who should be able to help.

Does pet insurance cover pre-existing conditions?

Pet insurance often excludes pre-existing medical conditions because the cost of treating recurring illnesses can be very expensive.

Pets with pre-existing conditions are a greater risk to insurers. If you buy a lifetime policy when your pet is young, you'll be covered for health problems that arise in future.

How do vaccinations affect pet insurance?

Pet insurance doesn't cover the cost of vaccinations, but keeping your vaccinations up to date might get you a discount on your premiums with some policies.

If your pet’s not vaccinated and you need to make a related claim, your insurance probably won’t cover the cost of treatment.

What’s third party liability pet insurance?

Third party liability insurance covers you for your dog causing accidental injury or damage to someone else's person, property or pet.

This can include paying legal bills if someone takes you to court or tries to sue you due to an incident involving your dog.

Third party liability insurance doesn’t apply to cats which are legally regarded as 'free spirits'.

How do I make my pet insurance cheaper?

Try our top tips to get those premiums down:

  1. Think carefully

    The cheapest option may not work out the best in the long run

  2. Get your pet microchipped

    Chipping your cat or dog could reduce your bill

  3. Keep vaccinations up to date

    Some insurers may give you a better offer

  4. Look after their health

    Make sure they get plenty of exercise and have a healthy lifestyle

  5. Multi-pet cover

    Put your pets on one policy to see if you can get a better deal

  6. Avoid pedigree breeds

    If you haven't got your pet yet, a crossbreed may be cheaper to insure

  7. Contact the PDSA

    The charity may be able to help cover the cost of vet fees

  8. Think about co-insurance

    Co-insurance could be a possibility if you have an older pet

  9. Compare pet insurance

    Always shop around to find a great deal

Frequently asked questions

  • What's co-insurance?

    Policies may include a co-insurance element - if you make a claim, you'll be charged a percentage of the remaining vet fees after the excess has been deducted.

  • Does my pet's age matter?

    Premiums are likely to be higher for older animals, but generally there should be cover available for all ages. Cover for kittens and puppies tends to start at the age of six-to-eight weeks.

  • Why are pedigree animals more expensive to insure?

    As they have a higher value and are more likely to be stolen, pedigree animals generally will be more expensive to insure. Due to their breeding, they also tend to be more vulnerable to genetic complaints.

  • Can I insure a dangerous dog?

    If you own one of the types of dog specified in the Dangerous Dogs Act you must take out third party liability insurance, but it's not typically possible to take out additional pet insurance cover for banned breeds.

  • Does my address matter?

    Yes. The level of veterinary fees associated with your postcode is likely to be reflected in your policy price and - generally speaking - urban areas are likely to be pricier than rural ones.

  • Will property be covered if my pet damages it?

    Pet insurers tend not to insure against accidental damage in the policyholder's home, largely because pets are temperamental and it's difficult for underwriters to assess how well an animal has been trained.

    Many policies will cover the cost of damage caused to another person's property up to a specified amount, but watch out for exclusions - there are often a lot of them.

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