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Last updated: 22 May 2019

We've reviewed 86 pet insurance policies and haven't recommended any due to their their many restrictions and the lack of competition in the market

But we understand pet insurance might be useful in some scenarios. Here's how to make sure you get the best policy for your needs:

Read more below to find out how we review and score each policy.

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We've reviewed pet insurance policies offered by Bupa, Petplan, RSPCA, RACQ and more. Policies range from basic accident-only cover to comprehensive policies offering cover for accident, illness and preventative healthcare.

Unlike the for-profit comparison websites, we don't get paid by any of the insurers we're comparing.

Our comparison report will help you:

  • decide which insurance is right for you and your pet
  • check how much of the vet bill an insurer will pay
  • check what excess payment options each policy has
  • check which policies have the highest annual benefits and biggest range of features
  • match a policy's features against its "bang for buck" score.

Look at each policy's feature score alongside its value rating to make sure you're getting the best product for you at the best price.

How we score

We send surveys to insurers asking about the features and premiums of their products, and we use their responses to calculate each policy's score. The score is made up of the policy features score (70%), a money for value score (15%), and a price rating (15%). 

The features score score is calculated by comparing a range of product features, such as the maximum benefit limit, what treatments are covered, and if routine care is available. The money for value score looks at the premium in relation to the maximum annual limit and the price rating looks at how cheap or expensive the premium is based on the quotes we collected.

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    Policy type

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    There are four types of cover:

    Accident cover: for example for broken bones, spider and snake bites. 

    Special events: accidental injuries and some major illnesses.

    Illness only: cancer and other illnesses.

    Accident and illness Most comprehensive includes accidental injuries, cancer and other illnesses.  

      Features score

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      This scores maximum limits (30%) and cover, limits and exclusions (70%). For example, limits and conditions for vet consultations and emergency care, policy renewal conditions and exclusions and the availability of routine care cover.

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      Value for money score

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      The better the score, the better value-for-money based on maximum limits and the quotes we collected.

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      Cat price rating

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      The fewer the $ signs, the cheaper the policy premium based on the quotes we collected.

        Dog price rating

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        The fewer the $ signs, the cheaper the policy premium based on the quotes we collected.

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          • Overall Score
          • Overall features score
          • Value for money score
          • Dog price score
          • Cat price score
          • Comments
          • Lower benefit for older pets
          • Hereditary conditions
          • Chronic conditions
          • Bilateral condition
          • Can insurer reject renewal
          • Limit for vet consultations
          • Tick paralysis covered
          • Limit for tick
          • Limit for cruciate ligament
          • Limit for skin conditions
          • Limit for alternative therapies
          • Liability cover
          • Theft cover
          • Vehicle accident covered
          • Swallow covered
          • Limit on recurring swallowing
          • Burns covered
          • Electrocution covered
          • Snake bites covered
          • Allergies covered
          • Broken bones covered
          • Luxations covered
          • Parasites covered
          • Euthanasia vet fees covered
          • Euthanasia pet value covered
          • Brand
          • Policy
          • Policy type
          • Covered
          • Minimum age to get cover
          • Maximum age for new cover
          • Excess options
          • Benefit percentage paid
          • Dogs annual maximum
          • Cats annual maximum
          • Pre-exist conditions
          • Routine care covered
          • Underwriter
          • Phone
          • Website

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