Compare pet insurance
Compare pet insurance cover and get a quote in minutes. Find out about the different types of pet insurance for your dog or cat, what it includes and how much it costs.
Frequently asked questions
How much is pet insurance?
The price of pet insurance depends on the type of cover you want for your pet. The average cost is £46** a year for a cat and £78*** a year for a dog (across all levels of cover).
**50% of people could achieve a quote of £45.84 per year for their cat insurance based on Compare the Market data in May 2018.
***50% of people could achieve a quote of £77.04 per year for their dog insurance based on Compare the Market data in May 2018.
What does pet insurance cover?
Pet insurance is designed to help cover vet costs if your pet is ill, gets injured or has an accident.
Without pet insurance you’ll have to pay all the bills yourself – and that could leave you seriously out of pocket: the average pet insurance claim has topped £750, according to the latest figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
Pet insurance policies vary and can include the following types of cover:
- dental treatment
- compensation if your pet passes away.
- advertising fees and reward money if your pet goes missing
- boarding fees if you’re temporarily unable to care for your pet
- third party liability cover if your dog injures someone or causes an accident
What doesn’t pet insurance cover?
Most types of pet insurance won’t cover:
- treatment for pre-existing conditions – injuries and illnesses your pet was already suffering from when you took out the policy
- routine medical treatment – such as check-ups, neutering, spaying and vaccinations.
- cosmetic treatments – or any other medical treatment not recommended by a vet
- any condition that could have been prevented by routine vaccinations.
- any international costs – if you take your pet abroad and they need vet treatment.
What type of pet insurance is right for me?
The best pet insurance for you depends on a number of factors, including the age of your pet, its susceptibility to illness and how much you’re willing to pay.
There are four main types of insurance to choose from:
- Accident only pet insurance will cover your pet in the event of an accident, but won’t cover long-term illness.
- Time limited pet insurance covers illnesses as well as accidents, but for a limited amount of time only.
- Maximum benefit pet insurance covers illnesses and accidents up to a maximum amount per condition, but there’s no time limit on how long you can claim for.
- Lifetime pet insurance. This is the most complete type of pet insurance available. It covers accidents, injuries or illnesses for the lifetime of your pet, subject to limits set out in the policy.
For all types of pet insurance policy, you’ll have to pay an excess with each claim.
Why compare pet insurance with Compare the Market?
At Compare the Market, we understand how important it is to find the right protection plan for your cat or dog. That’s why in 2017 1,065,657 pet owners compared insurance with us.
- To make things simple, we offer impartial and independent comparison of pet insurance plans from more than 20 of the UK’s providers.
- If you buy your pet insurance through Compare the Market you can get 2 for 1 cinema tickets with MEERKAT MOVIES*.
What do I need to compare pet insurance?
To compare insurance, you’ll need to know your pet’s age, breed and gender, and how much you paid or donated for them.
You’ll also need to tell us whether your pet has been neutered or spayed and whether they’re microchipped.
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