Applying for pet insurance quotes and reading the fine print of sample policies is enough to drive any pet parent barking mad. With virtually every pet insurance company promising their plans are the best of the bunch, how do you choose the right one?
Don't fret. We've done the hard work for you and sniffed out the top 5 pet insurance providers for 2022 (and beyond). Every provider on our list offers extra perks, like 24/7 veterinary hotlines and direct payments to your vet. Let's dig in!
Our top pick for the best pet insurance for 2022 is Trupanion. It's the only pet insurance provider in the US that will pay your veterinarian directly. With Trupanion's Express software, your vet can submit your claim and get paid before you even leave the office!
If your vet clinic doesn't use Trupanion's software, it's quick and easy to install. And if, for some reason, your vet isn't able to use it, you can still submit your claim online, or via email or fax. Trupanion will direct-deposit your reimbursement or send you a check in the mail.
In addition to adjustable deductibles and customizable plans, Trupanion also offers 2 pet insurance add-ons. One covers alternative wellness treatments like hydrotherapy and rehabilitation, while the other offers pet liability insurance.
Trupanion's policies also don't impose coverage limits, which means you don't have to worry about exceeding your payout amount. Instead of paying an annual deductible, you'll pay a deductible per condition. Once you've met that deductible, Trupanion will cover 90% of vet care costs for that condition for the rest of your fur-baby's life.
Read our full Trupanion review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
A close second to Trupanion is Healthy Paws, which covers up to 90% of vet bills. Healthy Paws keeps things simple with 3 annual deductible amounts and 3 reimbursement rates to choose from. Like Trupanion, Healthy Paws doesn't enforce any coverage limits.
The Healthy Paws app makes it quick and easy to submit a claim. Healthy Paws says 99% of claims are processed within 2 days — a promise that's backed up by hundreds of reviews from happy pet parents.
Some wellness treatments are also covered under Healthy Paws' policies, including acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, and physical therapy. No add-ons needed!
Read our full HealthyPaws review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
Five plans are available with Nationwide, offering various levels of coverage. The Whole Pet plan is the most comprehensive, covering most congenital and hereditary conditions. Nationwide's wellness add-on also covers vaccinations, microchipping, and diagnostic tests.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nationwide launched vethelpline®, a 24/7 service that connects pet parents with licensed veterinarians. Nationwide pet insurance policyholders can contact a vet anytime via email, phone, or live chat with general questions and urgent care concerns.
Read our full Nationwide review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
Spot's flexible plans let you choose from different deductibles, coverage limits, and reimbursement rates. If you're not satisfied with your policy, you can cancel within 30 days to get your money back.
Spot also lets you submit claims with 270 days of treatment — a much longer window than most other providers. Payout limits don't apply, which means you don't have to stress about exceeding your eligible vet costs.
If your pet is at risk of developing a pre-existing condition, Spot's plans might be worth a look. Although a 14-day waiting period applies, Spot is more flexible than other providers. Conditions and symptoms that are diagnosed during the waiting period won't count as pre-existing after 180 days as long as they've been fully cured and symptoms don't reappear. (This doesn't apply to conditions that affect the knees or ligaments.)
Read our full Spot Pet Insurance review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
AKC isn't operated by the American Kennel Club, but it's "pawfect" for purebred pups!
Pedigree dogs that register with the American Kennel Club are eligible for a 30-day insurance package with AKC Pet Insurance. This plan comes with a $100 deductible and $500 incident limit — making it a "grrreat" option for pet parents who are still hesitant about investing in pet insurance.
Policyholders whose dogs are AKC Canine Good Citizens or purchased from AKC Breeders of Merit also qualify for exclusive discounts.
Offering a range of deductible amounts, reimbursement rates, and coverage limits, AKC lets you create a policy that fits your budget. In addition to the standard accident and illness plan, AKC Pet Insurance also offers valuable add-ons that cover exam fees, wellness treatments, and hereditary conditions.
Read our full AKC Pet Insurance review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
The brands featured in this section are technically pet insurance alternatives. While they provide financial assistance with accidents and illnesses just like other pet insurers, they operate a little differently.
Pawp is a telehealth pet care service that gives pet parents 24/7 access to veterinary advice. For just $19 a month, pet parents get unlimited texts and video calls they can use to ask questions about everything from bad behavior to dietary concerns.
One membership perk is the $3,000 emergency fund. Unlike most pet insurance providers, Pawp's emergency fund covers pets with pre-existing conditions and doesn't require you to pay a dime out of pocket.
All you need to do is video chat with a Pawp vet to confirm your emergency and activate your funds. Then, visit your vet within 4 hours of the call and get treatment. After the appointment, ask your vet's receptionist to call Pawp's emergency fund hotline, and Pawp will pay your bill before you leave the office.
You can use the emergency fund once per year, but only for emergencies. Up to 6 pets are covered under one subscription. Read our full Pawp review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
Eusoh is a cost-sharing platform that lets you lend a helping paw to other pet parents. Unlike traditional pet insurance, Eusoh's members "only pay for costs after they happen." Here's how it works:
- After signing up for Eusoh, you'll pay a $48 deposit and $17 monthly subscription fee.
- You'll join an expense-sharing group and maintain your deposit to help cover other members' expenses.
- Each time a group member submits an expense, small portions of your deposit are deducted to help cover it.
- You'll top up your deposit each month to keep your balance at $48.
Every group member must pay a 20% member share toward their own vet bills, plus an annual deductible. Read our full Eusoh review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
Pet Assure is a monthly subscription service that provides discounts on qualifying services at participating veterinary clinics. You can use Pet Assure alongside your insurance plan to ease the financial burden of out-of-pocket vet costs.
Your vet will apply your Pet Assure discount at the time of the service — no deductibles, claims, or reimbursements involved. You can save up to 25% on everything from vaccinations and lab work to surgery and cancer treatment.
Some restrictions apply. Read our full Pet Assure review for more information on how much it costs, how to apply, and more.
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