Our survey found that 43% of pet owners would pay for a vet emergency using a credit card or personal loan. Only 12.9% of participants said they would rely on a pet insurance policy to pay for expenses, with most pet owners saying they would use cash or savings.
Here’s the breakdown of how people responded:
The Cost of Pet Insurance
Some pet parents purchase pet insurance to account for these costs. We surveyed the pet owners who have policies to gauge average coverage costs. Roughly 37% said they pay $25 to $40 on monthly pet insurance premiums.
Here’s a look at how much pet owners we surveyed pay for pet insurance each month:
Pet insurance premiums can vary based on your pet’s age, size, breed, location and the selected coverage.
Why People Avoid Pet Insurance
We asked pet owners who aren’t insured why they decided not to get a policy.
Some 34% of survey respondents said they don’t have pet insurance because they don’t know much about it. Another 28% of pet owners passed on a policy because they felt it was too expensive. An additional 16% of pet owners stated that they didn’t need a policy because their pet was healthy.
Take a look at the top five reasons below:
Pet Insurance Industry Trends
So how many pet owners have pet insurance? About half, or 44.6%, of pet owners stated they currently have pet insurance in our survey.
On a larger scale, NAPHIA’s 2022 State of the Industry Report found that more than 4.41 million pets were insured in North America in 2021, up from 3.45 million in 2020. The report also found that $2.84 billion of pet insurance premiums were in force in 2021, a 30.5% increase from 2020.
NAPHIA speculates some of this growth is related to a higher number of pet adoptions throughout the pandemic and increased concern over healthcare costs for pets.
The Number of Dogs and Cats Insured from 2017–2021
While some companies offer pet insurance plans for more exotic pets, most plans are designed to protect dogs and cats. As dog and cat ownership has increased over the last few years, so has the need for pet insurance.
Here’s an overview of the increase in pet ownership of dogs and cats between 2017 and 2021, based on NAPHIA’s report.
The Future of the Pet Insurance Industry
Based on the data in this guide, pet ownership is rising in the United States. As vet expenses increase alongside the rest of the economy, pet insurance can be a wise investment to protect your pet and avoid potentially high emergency vet bills.
Here are more resources to help you learn about pet insurance: