Here is Why Pet Insurance Costs Are at an All-Time High

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic

Many pet owners decide on getting pet insurance for their cat or dog as a way of ensuring their four-legged bestie can get the best help there is in time of  need – even if the budget is tight. However, costs of pet insurance have been rising considerably in the United States, with some insurers experiencing rate increases of up to 20% and more, all in the past year. According to the latest insights by  Consumer Reports, the average monthly cost of pet insurance is roughly $47 per pet, which can be a hit on some pet parents’ budgets.

For example, users of Lemonade Insurance in California received a 22.9% rate increase, while Trupanion – one of the largest pet insurance companies – was authorized to increase premiums in New York up to 25%! In fact, Trupanion officials stated that they were working to raise the rates even more, all in order to offset inflation.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that dogs represent up to 80% of all pet insurance policies, and they cost more to insure, compared to cats or other smaller pets. And with the costs soaring, owners are asking themselves where it all comes from – and so suddenly at that. But the increase might not be as sudden as we think. Pet insurance is regulated by state government agencies. And when they authorize a rise in insurer costs, there is often a gap period until the rise occurs. Companies need to seek approval to increase their prices, and the entire process takes time.  

And, of course, there is always an underlying reason for the increase. In the year behind us, insurers have been facing higher costs, which they are now trying to pass along to the customers. The main issue at hand is the rise of veterinary service prices, which are rising at an annual rate of 10.6%. According to the latest consumer price index, the rate far outpaces the overall inflation in the economy. But why are the veterinary cost prices on the rise? One of the main reasons is the recent COVID pandemic – it caused a real pet adoption boom, increasing the demand for veterinary services, resulting in higher labor costs, and so on. 

Still, not all insurance companies offer the exact same prices and packages. There are at least 20  pet insurance companies in the United States, allowing you a greater freedom of choice. You can always compare prices and conditions, finding the choice best suited for you and your family’s budget. You don’t have to settle for an expensive premium if there’s a better option out there!

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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