Pet Insurance

Wall Street Journal  Aug 24  Comment 
As veterinary bills add up, more pet owners are opting for insurance, which for the first time last year grossed $1 billion in annual premiums.
Japan Today  Jun 11  Comment 
Just like people in Japan continue to outlive those in other countries, their pets are falling in line with longer life expectancies, thanks to advances in medical science.…
Japan Today  Mar 26  Comment 
Rakuten Inc has reached an agreement with CAS Capital Fund No. 6 (managed by CAS Capital Inc) for the acquisition of all of its outstanding shares of MottoGyutto…
NPR  Oct 11  Comment 
Though not as trendy as pet insurance, a long-term-disability policy is pretty cheap and can save your bacon if you have an accident, get cancer or otherwise can't work for a few months or years.
Motley Fool  Jul 3  Comment 
If you're contemplating purchasing health insurance for your pet, make sure you know what you're getting.
Insurance Journal  Jun 14  Comment 
Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group has launched a new product for the equine industry that provides veterinary care insurance for companion horses – typically only available for race or performance horses. Policies will be underwritten by United...
New York Times  Jun 7  Comment 
A growing number of companies are offering health insurance for their employees’ dogs, cats and even potbellied pigs.
Insurance Journal  May 22  Comment 
Petplan Australasia announced that MS Amlin Syndicate 2001 of Lloyd’s will become the new underwriter of its pet insurance plans in Australia – a move that is designed to enhance policyholder benefits with broader coverage and more plan...
The Hindu Business Line  Apr 14  Comment 
A bearded dragon with an abscess, and a Burmese python with anorexia were among a record number of pets treated in the UK under insurance policies last year. The bearded dragon, a kind of lizard, h...


Pet insurance is a policy that pays veterinary costs if one's pet becomes ill or is injured in an accident. Like Health Insurance for a human, these policies decrease the likelihood that an owner is hit with a big expense that may be the result of treating pets with drugs, medical devices and other expensive medical techniques.

Pet Insurance Covers

Pet insurance policies generally cover[1] :

  • General wellness: vaccinations, eye-exams, teeth cleaning
  • Neutering and spaying
  • Ultrasounds
  • X-rays
  • CAT scans
  • MRIs
  • Blood work
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription medication
  • Prescription food
  • Chemotherapy
  • 3rd-party liabilities
  • Boarding kennel fees
  • Accidental death benefits
  • Recovery costs
  • Euthanasia

Some policies will also pay out if the pet dies is lost or stolen.

Companies that Provide Pet Insurance


  1. Why Pet Insurance, 2008
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