SURVEY SAYS: Health Insurance for Pets

We all love our pets.

By Rebecca Moore | August 22, 2016
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But, I’ve often wondered what I would do if faced with a major expense for my pet’s health care. Where would I find the money?

A number of employers offer pet insurance to employees, but it can also be purchased from certain providers.

Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Whether you have a pet or not, does your company offer pet insurance as a benefit, and if you do have a pet or pets, do you have health insurance on your pet(s) either through your employer or from a provider?”

Twenty-one percent of responding readers said their companies offer pet insurance as an employee benefit, while 79% said they do not. The majority (80.3%) of respondents do not have health insurance on their pet(s), but 9.2% do, and 10.5% do not have a pet.

Verbatim comments about health insurance for pets offered some clues as to why so many respondents do not have pet insurance: many said the coverage did not justify the expense and a couple noted that if your pet has a pre-existing condition, it is not covered at all. However, a few readers told tales of how a pet’s health situation cost them greatly and said insurance would have helped. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “The last thing I want to do is deal with another insurance company.” 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!