Dog insurance can offer you peace of mind against unexpected vet bills. However, trying to find cheap dog insurance that covers what you need can be difficult.
So we’ve compiled a list of the cheapest dog insurance providers in the UK, based on the average price of all the policies they sell.
Top 10 cheap pet insurance for dogs in the UK:
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Cheap cheap pet insurance quotes for multiple dogs
|Pet insurance provider & policy||Vet fee limit||Multi-pet discount||Monthly price for 2 dogs||Your quote|
|Bought By Many - Value||£3,000||15%||£10.22||Get a quote|
|Animal Friends - Accident Only||£2,500||No multi-pet discount||£7.46||Get a quote|
|Purely Pets - Accident Only||£2,000||10%||£12.62||Learn more|
|More Than - Basic||£1,500||10%||£12.93||Get a quote|
Make sure to read the small print and that the cover level you get will be sufficient if your dogs get ill and you have to claim.
Bought By Many's 15% multi-pet discount is the biggest multi-pet insurance discount on the market. The monthly premium for two two-year-old medium size mixed breed dogs living in Milton Keynes on our Value policy would be £10.22 with an excess of £69 and a co-payment of 20% as of the beginning of 2019.
For pets over nine you will have a fixed excess of £99 once a year if you claim plus 20% for each claim.
Make sure to select Value out of all the policies you'll see quotes for. You may have to extend the screen by hitting the "Show me all policies" button:
Value comes with £3,000 of vet fee cover a year - the lowest vet fee limit we offer. Therefore it is likely to cost less than our other policies.
The same two dogs on our Regular policy would cost £18.70 per month to insure with an excess of £69 and 20% co-payment. Regular comes with £7,000 of vet fee cover and the limit renews at full every year even if you've claimed.
Select Regular and choose the slider to see all three excess levels available, including our £0-excess option. If your pet is over 9 there will be a fixed excess of £99 each year if you claim plus 20% of each claim.
For pets under 9 you can choose between a £0, £69 or £99 excess.
(Based on the average price of all policies sold by each provider. Individual policy prices can vary).
How we came up with the top 10 cheap pet insurance for dogs in the UK
The research is based on 2017 data from market research agency Consumer Intelligence. Consumer Intelligence has collected data on the prices paid for dog insurance in the UK.
We calculated the cheapest dog insurance providers based on the average price paid by customers across all the insurers' policy types.
Individual policy prices can vary.
Learn what you need to consider when looking to buy a cheap pet insurance policy.
About cheap pet insurance for dogs
Cheap pet insurance usually offers lower levels of cover than more expensive policies. Often, cheap policies will only cover accidents although some providers will offer a policy that covers some vet fees.
When buying cheap pet insurance check that you're happy with the level of vet fee cover offered.
Some pedigree breeds are more prone to illness and diseases that can cost a lot to treat. A lower level of vet fee cover may not cover all costs if you need expensive treatment.
In 2016, an English Springer Spaniel needed £3,400 of vet treatment after becoming ill from swallowing a grass seed, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The ABI says the average pet insurance claim hit £750 in 2016.
The benefit of cheap pet insurance is that your monthly or annual premiums will be low but you could end up having to pay for treatment out of your own pocket if a claim exceeds the vet fee limits of your policy.
There are ways to get discounts on policies. For example, you can claim a 15% discount with Bought by Many on our multi pet insurance.
Bought by Many offers a range of lifetime policies, that can suit your budget and requirements. From our Value policy which offers £3,000 of lifetime vet fee cover to the most comprehensive cover available - our Complete policy comes with £15,000 of lifetime vet fee cover including Dental cover as standard.
Find out more about our pet insurance policies.
What is the best cheap dog insurance?
Below we review the top 10 cheap dog insurance providers in the UK and look at their cheapest and most expensive policies.
The reviews do not include any standalone Public Liability insurance offered by providers. These policies can cost around £20 a year but they do not cover any vet fees for accident or illness. Liability policies cover costs if your dog injures someone or damages their property.
Compare cheap pet insurance
To help you compare cheap pet insurance from different companies and the type of cover you'd get compared to the most expensive policies these companies offer, we've reviewed some of the best pet insurance companies in the UK below to give you an idea of how much they'd charge.
Cheap pet insurance from E&L
For cheap dog insurance E&L offers the lowest average price.
E&L says its policies can start from £9.20 per monthly policy.
For cheap dog insurance, E&L’s Silver policy will cover £3,500 of vet fees with a £1,000 limit per condition, £500 for death of a pet and £500 for loss by theft or straying. This is its basic cover, under its yearly policy.
Their most expensive insurance policy is their Diamond cover, where you can get £5,500 worth of vet fee cover a year, £1,250 of cover for the death of a pet and £1,250 for theft or straying.
E&L also offers Lunar polices, with slightly different cover levels and pricing.
Cheap pet insurance from Petpals
Petpals is the second cheapest dog insurer. According to its website, pet insurance can start from as little as £4.95 a month, based on a 4-month-old Yorkshire Terrier living in Blackburn. For cheap dog insurance, Petpals' TimeCare Essential policy offers £1,000 of vet fee cover for illness and injury.
Petpals' most expensive dog insurance policy is ConditionCare, offering £3,000 in vet fee cover.
Cheap pet insurance from Insurance Emporium
Insurance Emporium is the third cheapest dog insurer on our list.
Prices can start as low as £5.50 a month on a time-limited Bronze lunar policy with an introductory discount. This is based on a small mongrel, under 8, living in York (information taken from Insurance Emporium's website).
Insurance Emporium's cheapest yearly policy is Accident Only, offering £2,500 of vet fee cover.
The most expensive yearly policy is Insurance Emporium’s Lifetime Gold offering £6,500 of Vet fee cover, £1,250 of death cover and £1,250 of cover for loss by theft or straying, as well as other benefits.
Insurance Emporium also offers insurance for older dogs. Find out more about insurance for elderly dogs.
Cheap pet insurance from Pet-insurance.co.uk
The fourth cheapest dog insurer is Pet-insurance.co.uk.
Prices can start at £7.33 for its cheapest policy, the Standard. The policy offers £4,000 of vet fee cover per condition. This policy is based on a monthly premium with an introductory multi-pet discount for a King Charles spaniel aged under 8 years, living in the GU11 postcode area. Their most expensive policy is its Lifetime cover. This can start at £9.71 a month, again based on the above criteria.
Both policies offer death cover and loss by theft or straying.
Cheap pet insurance from Animal Friends
Animals Friends' cheapest dog insurance policy is Accident Only, which starts from £3.73 a month.
The policy offers £2,500 per accident but there is a lifetime limit of £15,000 for all accidents.
Animals Friends offers a range of lifetime policies, which offer between £1,000 and £6,000 per condition per year. According to its website, premiums can start from £7.50 a month, based on a small mongrel puppy in Carlisle.
Insurance with Animal Friends can start from 4 weeks of age, with no upper age limit for older dogs.
Cheap pet insurance from Perfect Pet
Dog insurance from Perfect Pet can cost around £2.98 a month, based on a small mongrel aged 1 year, in Truro. This is for its Accident Only policy, which it covers £1,000 of vet fees.
If you’re looking for cover for injury and illness, its most expensive policy is Vital Extra Maximum Benefit. This offers £4,000 of vet fee cover, death cover and theft and straying cover.
Perfect Pet offers insurance for dogs aged from 4 weeks as well as older dogs.
Cheap pet insurance from Pet Protect
Pet Protect's cheapest dog insurance is its Lifelong Plus policy. It will cover £4,000 of vet fees, as well as loss by theft or straying up to £750 and death cover for up to £500. It also offers a range of other benefits.
For more expensive insurance, its Lifelong Extra offers £6,000 of vet fee cover, loss by theft or straying up to £1,000 and death cover up to £750. Lifelong Extra offers a range of other benefits.
Pet Protect will insure dogs over 8 weeks of age, however, they do not offer cover for senior dogs aged 8 years or over.
Cheap pet insurance from Helpucover
Helpucover offers two cheap dog insurance policies. Its Time Limited Essential policy offers £1,000 of vet fee cover per condition for up to 12 months.
Helpucover’s Per Condition policy offers £1,000 of vet fee cover per condition.
Both policies offer death cover and loss by theft or straying.
Helpucover also offers more expensive policies. Its Life Time Premier insurance offers its best level of vet fee cover, at £6,000 per policy year.
Helpucover doesn't offer cheap dog insurance for older dogs. The maximum age limit for buying a new policy is 8 years, or 5 years for some breeds.
Cheap pet insurnace from Paws and Claws
You can buy an accident only dog insurance from Paws & Claws that covers £1,000 of vet fees.
Its most comprehensive dog insurance will cover £5,000 of vet fees per condition for accident or illness.
Death cover is also available as is loss by theft or straying, though these are not available on all policy types and there are restrictions.
Cheap pet insurance from UIS
The 10th cheapest dog insurance provider is UIS.
Its cheapest policy is Crystal, an accident only policy with £1,000 of Vet fees per condition per policy period.
Its dog insurance policy that offers the best level of cover is Diamond, with £4,000 of Vet fees for accident and illness per condition, per policy period. Death cover is also included up to the age of 8 years, as is loss by theft or straying.
What to check when looking to buy cheap pet insurance?
- Look at the cover levels offered and make sure they meet your needs
- Check what excess is payable if you need to make a claim. This is usually a fixed amount that will be taken from your claim but some companies also take a percentage of a claim as a co-payment when dogs reach a certain age.
- Check for exclusions. There are often quite a few, and you don't want to get a shock when you submit your claim form.
- Some insurance providers offer Lunar policies that renew every 28 days. Bearing in mind a calendar month usually equals 30 or 31 days, the premium you pay over a 12 month period could turn out to be more than expected. You should check this when you do your research.
- You should always read the policy documents carefully, including what is and isn't included in your policy. The policy documents are usually available on the company's website.