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PUPPY INSURANCE GUIDE

The best puppy insurance for your best friend

Enroll your puppy with Fetch for the most comprehensive coverage that will get their ears perked up and their tails wagging.

Use any veterinarian in Canada or the U.S.

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Covers up to 90% of unexpected vet bills

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I need every
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What is puppy insurance?

If your dog gets sick or hurt, puppy insurance coverage can help reimburse you for treatment. Fetch offers the most comprehensive pet insurance coverage in Canada and the U.S. and pays you back up to 90%, making your vet bills more affordable. With Fetch, you won’t have to choose between your wallet and your best friend and it’s easy to give your dog the care they need to live their longest, healthiest, happiest life.

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Why do I need health insurance for my puppy?

Every 6 seconds, a pet parent is faced with a vet bill of more than $1,000. That doesn’t even take into account the rising cost of inflation, or the fact that veterinary medicine is getting better – and more expensive. Fetch pet insurance plans help give you protection from these increasing costs and peace of mind that’s priceless. From allergies to name-brand prescriptions to a cracked tooth, Fetch offers a wide range of coverage. As a pet parent with Fetch, you’ll be able to give your puppy the care they need – without worrying about the full cost of vet bills.

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What does puppy insurance cover?

Accidents happen, especially if you have an adventurous pup that loves getting into mischief. You can’t predict a bee sting or a swallowed sock. But you can count on Fetch puppy insurance to help cover the cost of care when the unexpected happens. We cover unexpected injuries ranging from cuts and broken teeth to ACL tears and bone fractures. If your pet needs surgery, you’re covered. And whatever your vet recommends on the road to recovery, from acupuncture to physical therapy, Fetch has your back. 

We’re also here for you when your puppy gets sick, with coverage for illnesses ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to chronic conditions like diabetes and cancer. Need to see a specialist? It’s covered. And we even cover the exam fees, which can save you around $50 – $250 per visit. Below, take a closer look at some common dog insurance claims and how much Fetch can pay you back.

Vet bill costs are based on U.S. puppies' annual policy terms between 1.1.2021 - 12.31.2022, where the dogs are 0-2 years of age. Fetch pays back is based on a policy configuration of an unlimited max annual payout, an annual deductible of $500 where the deductible has been met and a reimbursement rate of 90%.

Sick-visit exam fees

Every sick visit comes with an exam fee, which can be around $50 - $250.
We cover those exam fees for you.

Breed-specific issues

We cover medical conditions linked to breed, like breathing problems in French Bulldogs or hip dysplasia in German Shepherds.

Boarding fees

Fetch cares about pet parents, too. We cover the cost to board your pet at a licensed facility when you’re hospitalized for 4 days or more. You’re covered up to $1,000 per year.

Advertising & reward

If your pet goes missing, we want to help. Fetch covers the cost of advertising that your pet is lost and paying a reasonable reward for finding them. Your plan includes coverage up to $1,000 per year.

Name-brand prescription medications & supplements

We cover medicines like antibiotics and insulin, as well as natural supplements like vitamins and herbal therapies, when they’re recommended by a vet to treat a new injury or illness.

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Why choose Fetch puppy insurance?

Fetch offers unmatched puppy insurance plans. With best-in-show coverage, you can worry less about the unexpected — and you and your best friend can live your best lives.

Sick-visit exam fees

Every sick visit comes with an exam fee, which can be around $50 - $250. We cover those exam fees for you.

$1,000 in online vet visits

Remote treatment by a vet via phone, email, text or video chat is covered up to $1,000 per year — no copay required.

Behavioural therapy

Consultations with a vet to diagnose and treat behavioural disorders are covered by Fetch — up to $1,000 per year.

Every tooth, plus gums

Fetch covers injury and disease in every adult tooth, not just the canines. Plus, you get full coverage for periodontal disease (the most common disease in dogs and cats), oral tumors, trauma and more.

Alternative & holistic care

Alternative therapies like acupuncture, massage and chiropractic care can ease pain and aid the healing process. Fetch covers many alternative and holistic therapies when administered by a vet.

$1,000 in boarding fees

Fetch cares about pet parents, too. We cover the cost to board your pet at a licensed facility when you’re hospitalized for 4 days or more. You’re covered up to $1,000 per year.

And so much more!

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Fetch Pet Insurance covers (and loves) pups of all ages

We cover puppies and senior dogs alike — from the time they’re 6 weeks old all the way through their golden years. Your best friend is your best friend, no matter how many birthdays they’ve had.

COVERED

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Puppies
6 weeks - 1 year old

COVERED

COVERED

Adult dogs
2 - 7 years old

COVERED

COVERED

Senior dogs
8 years old & beyond

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How does Fetch
puppy insurance work?

Use any veterinarian in Canada or the U.S.

With Fetch, you have the flexibility to keep your current vet or use a new vet if you’d like. We even cover specialists and emergency clinics.

Submit a claim in minutes

Just take a picture of your vet documents, answer a few questions about your pet’s treatment and we’ll handle it from there.

Get paid back fast

Once your claim is approved, you’ll be paid back up to 90% of your unexpected vet bill in as little as 2 days via direct deposit.

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How Fetch puppy insurance keeps tails wagging

Fetch covers over 425,000 pets (and counting!) and has helped tons of dog parents pay for the best treatment for their pups. Don’t just take our word for it, though — see real examples of how Fetch Pet Insurance helped three different dogs and their parents cover the cost of veterinary care.

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Wally

Pitbull

ACL tear

Medical costs: $4,607

Fetch paid back: $3,685

Reuben

Chihuahua mix

Reuben the Chihuahua

Burst disc

Medical costs: $27,019

Fetch paid back: $20,604

Greyson

Pitbull

Swallowed object

Medical costs: $3,466

Fetch paid back: $2,456

Want to add preventive care to your puppy insurance plan? We’ve got you

Fetch puppy insurance gives you unmatched coverage when your dog is sick or hurt. Add Fetch Wellness, and you'll also be covered for the routine care that keeps them healthy. With both, you'll be better prepared for your pet's veterinary needs, plus you'll save big on vet bills.

Unexpected Visits

Accident & Illness

Accidents & Illnesses

Prescription medications

Canine infectious respiratory disease

Emergency visits

Surgery & hospitalization

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OPTIONAL ROUTINE CARE

Add Fetch Wellness

Annual exam

Vaccinations

Dental cleanings

Spaying & neutering

Blood, urine & fecal tests

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Explore puppy insurance by breed

Fetch offers puppy insurance plans to cover every breed, from large dog breeds to small. Check out the average pet insurance price for your puppy’s breed here and get a free quote for your best friend.

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French Bulldog

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Golden Retriever

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Goldendoodle

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Shih Tzu

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German Shepherd

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Why veterinarians recommend Fetch puppy insurance

Don’t just take our word for it — here’s what a top veterinarian has to say about Fetch puppy insurance.

“No one wants to think about accidents or illnesses when it comes to their puppy, but even the most loved pets aren't immune. Data shows that being proactive about your pet's health is key to giving dog a longer, healthier life — and Fetch Pet Insurance is the best way to do just that.”

Dr. Audrey Ruple, DVM, MS, PhD, DipACVPM, MRCVS

Veterinarian, Dorothy A. & Richard G. Metcalf Professor of Veterinary Medical Informatics & Chair of the Fetch Veterinary Advisory Board

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See why pet parents love Fetch puppy insurance

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1 out of 3 pets need emergency veterinary treatment each year

Here’s a look at how much English Bulldogs, like Petey, rack up in vet bills in a year, on average.

English Bulldog's vet bills:

$2,404

Fetch pays back:

$1,913

Vet bill cost is based on the average vet bills for U.S. English Bulldogs' annual policy terms with effective date between 1.1.2021 - 12.31.2022 where the dogs are 8 years old. Fetch pays back is based on a policy configuration of a max annual payout of $5,000, an annual deductible of $250 and a reimbursement rate of 90%.

Your puppy insurance questions – answered!

When should I get puppy insurance?

The sooner you enroll, the sooner your dog is covered. Fetch covers dogs 6 weeks and older, but it's best to sign up before they need it because Fetch dog insurance doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions. That’s why we recommend signing up as early as possible before health issues develop — so you and your best friend can live your best lives together.

What’s not covered with puppy insurance?

Fetch doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions. This is any condition that your pet shows signs of, or occurs before you enroll or during the waiting period of up to 15 days. The good news: if your dog has an injury or illness and then goes 12 months without signs, symptoms or treatment, that injury or illness is considered curable and is eligible for coverage. Curable pre-existing conditions can include UTIs, respiratory infections and broken bones.

How much is puppy insurance?

With Fetch, your puppy insurance cost is based on your dog’s age, breed and location. From there, you’ve got options. Here are the different factors you can customize to make sure your price fits your budget.

Max annual payout
Your max annual payout is the maximum dollar amount you can be paid back each year. Choosing a lower max annual payout will make your price lower.

Annual deductible
Your deductible is the amount of veterinary care you need to pay for yourself each year before we can reimburse you for claims. So if your annual deductible is $300, you have to pay for $300 worth of approved veterinary care before we can start reimbursing you.

Reimbursement rate
Your reimbursement rate is the percentage of an approved claim total that we can cover. For example, if your reimbursement rate is 80% and you submit a claim for $500, we can cover up to $400.

How much does a vet visit cost without puppy insurance?

The cost of vet visits without puppy insurance varies widely and depends on factors like your dog’s breed, age, location and what brings you and your pup to the vet in the first place. Let’s say your French Bulldog puppy has a bout of vomiting and diarrhea (dogs, they’re just like us!). Your vet bill would cost, on average, $905 without dog insurance coverage. Fetch covers up to 90% of your unexpected vet bills after you’ve met your deductible – in this case, $814 would be covered. Getting dog insurance helps your pup get the medical attention they need while also protecting your wallet from unexpected vet expenses.

Is puppy insurance worth it?

If you’re looking for potential savings on future vet trips, the answer is yes. Puppy insurance helps make vet bills more affordable, and you can rest easy knowing you’ll be covered if your pup unexpectedly gets sick or hurt down the road. But if you’re at the vet with a sick pet right now, bear in mind that your current visit won’t be covered because we don’t cover pre-existing conditions. Your pet will be covered for eligible claims once they’re enrolled and the waiting period has passed. Just another reason to sign up today.

Every 6 seconds a pet owner is faced with a vet bill of more than $1,000 according to NBC News. September 2018.

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