100 facts about Pet Insurance

Nick Braun
Jan 19, 2016 · 6 min read

Pet insurance is blowing up (in a good way).

There’s never been a better time to be a dog or cat. Doggy-daycare, organic food and pet spas are all the rage.

Veterinary care has also improved tremendously. In fact, if you visit a veterinary hospital today you might think you accidentally walked into a human hospital.

And if you walk into a veterinary hospital with your dog or cat today because they need emergency care you might go broke.

MRI’s, hip replacements, cancer treatment and other advancements can save your pet’s life, but they cost thousands of dollars.

Better care = good.

Better care = very expensive.

Answer: Pet Insurance

Below are 100 facts about pet insurance so you can get a better idea what it’s about.

100. The first pet insurance policy was written by Claes Virgin in 1890 in Sweden

99. In 1924 the first dog insurance policy was issued in Sweden

98. The first pet insurance policy was issued in the U.K. in 1947

97. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) sold the first pet insurance policy in the U.S. to TV dog Lassie in 1982

96. From 1997 to 2010 there were ten new pet insurance companies that started selling policies in the U.S.

95. PetInsuranceQuotes.com launched the first independent comparison website in 2011

94. Dr. Jack Stephens is considered the Patriarch of American pet insurance (founder of VPI and founder of Pets Best)

93. Pet insurance is health insurance for pets

92. It is only available for dogs and cats

91. Pet insurance helps pay for expensive veterinary bills when your pet gets sick or injured

90. Pet insurance covers unexpected accidents and illnesses

89. Pet insurance does not cover routine care

88. Pet insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions

87. Pet insurance reimburses you for veterinary costs after you submit a claim

86. However, several companies offer wellness plans that you can add to your policy

85. Pet insurance is regulated as property & casualty insurance, not health insurance

84. Benfield does not offer pet insurance

83. There are 12 Pet Insurance Companies in the U.S.

82. 11 of 12 companies are BBB Accredited

81. 11 of 12 companies have an A rating or better with the BBB

80. 11 of 12 companies have A.M. Best Insurance Rating of “A (Excellent)” or better

79. All 12 companies allow you to use any licensed veterinarian in the U.S.

78. Trupanion is the only publicly traded pet insurance company in America, trading under the tick symbol “TRUP”

77. Ohio is home to the most pet insurance companies with two headquartered in the Buckeye state (Embrace and ASPCA)

76. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) is the official industry trade organization

75. There were more than 1.5 million pets insured in North America In 2013

74. NAPHIA member pet insurance companies insured 1,033,983 pets in 2013

73. Petinsurancequotes.com is the only licensed pet insurance agency in the U.S.

72. There are 120 million veterinary visits every year in the U.S.

71. A pet receives emergency medical care every 2 ½ seconds

70. Every six seconds, a pet parent is faced with a vet bill for more than $3,000*

69. Dogs under the age of one are 2.5 times more likely to have an unexpected visit to the vet

68. One in three pets will need emergency veterinary treatment every year

67. The annual cost of owning a dog is $1,649

66. The annual cost of owning a cat is $1,271

65. In 2014 the total U.S. pet industry totaled $58.5 billion

63. In 2014 expenses on veterinary care totaled $15.3 billion

64. In 2013 expenses on veterinary care totaled $14.4 billion

62. Veterinary expenses increased 6.3% from 2013 to 2014

61. In 2014 Pet Supplies & OTC Medicine totaled $13.7 billion

60. The U.S. pet industry projected to reach $61 billion in 2015

59. In 2015 expenses on veterinary care are projected to exceed $16 billion

58. You can purchase a pet insurance policy online or over the phone

57. The # 1 reason people don’t buy pet insurance is cost

56. Cost is also the most important factor when pet owners shop for pet insurance

55. Straightforwardness of coverage is the second most important factor

54. Deductible amount is the third most important factor

53. 93% of current pet insurance customers are satisfied with their provider

52. 78% of primary care givers for pets are women

51. 65% of pet insurance customers are over 40 years old

50. Nearly 50% of pet insurance customers are over 50 years-old

49. 62% of pet insurance customers have a household income of $50k or greater

48. 87% of pet insurance policies cover dogs

47. 13% of pet insurance policies cover cats

46. 57% of pet insurance customers spend more than two hours shopping for plans

45. 32% of pet insurance customers spend more than four hours shopping for plans

44. The #1 reason people buy pet insurance is that they, “Want to make decisions about their pet’s health care without worrying about whether or not they can afford treatment”

43. The #2 reason is people buy is that they, “Have been faced with expensive vet bills in the past and want to avoid them in the future”

42. The #3 reason people buy is, “Peace of mind”

41. 21% of pet owners would spend over $5,000 for emergency surgery on their pet

40. 11% of pet owners would spend over $10,000

39. 14 Days — The aerage waiting period for accident coverage

38. 14 Days — The average waiting period for illness coverage

37. 6 Months — The average waiting period for orthopedic issues

36. Accident & Illness Coverage account for 95.6% of policies-in-force

35. Accident-Only Policies account for 3.1% of all policies-in-force

34. Insurance policies with Wellness Care added accounted for 1.3% of policies-inf-force

33. The most insured state is California

32. The second most insured state is Florida

31. The third most insured state is Texas

30. New York, New York is the most expensive city in America for pet insurance

29. Brownsville, Texas is the least expensive city in American for pet insurance

28. When you make a claim you get reimbursed directly from the company

27. The average age of enrollment for a pet is 3 ½ years old

26. Over 50% of policyholders file a claim each year

25. 75% of pet owners make a claim during the first three years after enrollment

24. 35% of all pet insurance claims are for chronic conditions

23. The most common and expensive pet insurance claims are for torn knee ligaments in dogs

22. The second most common claims are for ingested foreign objects

21. The 3rd most common claim is for intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

20. The most expensive health issue is heart disease, which can exceed $20,000

19. The second most expensive health issue is cancer, which can also exceed $20,000

18. The third most expensive health conditions are orthopedic issues which can cost between $2,000 to $15,000

17. The five most expensive dog breeds to insure are the English Bulldog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler, Great Dane and French Bulldog

16. In 1988 only 56% of U.S. households owned a pet, today over 68% of U.S. households owned a pet

15. There are 96 million cats and 83 million dogs in the U.S.

14. Bayer HealthCare conducted a survey of 2,100 pet owners where 50% agreed the cost of veterinary care was much higher than they expected

13. The U.S. pet insurance industry experienced 10.1% annual growth over the past five year (2009–2014)

12. The U.S. auto insurance industry experienced an average 1.9% annual grwoth rate over the same time

11. The average pet insurance policy for a dog costs $33 per month

10. The average pet insurance policy for a cat costs $22 per month

9. The average cost of pet insurance is $27 per pet

8. The American pet insurance market was $622 million in 2014 (does not include Canada)

7. Analysts are forecasting a 12.6% revenue increase in 2015 over 2014

6. Between 2015 and 2020, industry revenue is forecast to increase at an annualized rate of 6.8 percent, driving annual sales to $1 billion

5. We estimate there are approximately 1.5 million pets insured in the U.S.

4. Only 0.8% of American pets are currently insured

3. Approximately 23% of dogs and cats in the U.K. are insured

2. Over 30% of dogs and cats in Sweden are insured

1. If the U.S. market had the same penetration rate as the U.K. we would have 43 million pets insured and the market size would be a $17.3 billion annually

Want to learn more about pet insurance?

Visit www.petinsurancequotes.com

Nick Braun

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