Your guide to pet insurance coverage for cancer treatment

If your beloved pet gets sick, we’ve got your back. Fetch covers more types of injuries and illnesses than most other providers, including pet cancer.

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Common symptoms of cancer in dogs and cats

No one wants to think about their dog or cat getting a cancer diagnosis, but part of pet parenthood is preparing for the unexpected. Much like in humans, cancer in dogs and cats does not always come with symptoms that are easy to recognize (and sometimes a cancer diagnosis shows up on an exam without any detectable symptoms at all). That said, we asked Dr. Aliya McCullough, Fetch’s Chief Veterinary Officer & Director of Veterinary Affairs, what subtle signs you can look out for in your pet that could be a symptom of cancer or other illness.

Early signs to have on your radar:

  • Your pet isn’t eating as well as usual

  • Your pet is more lethargic or less active than usual

  • You notice your pet is limping or seems to be in pain

  • Your pet has enlarged lymph nodes

  • You feel a lump or bump in your pet that wasn’t there before

If you notice one of these signs in your pet, it does not necessarily mean that your dog or cat has cancer, so don’t automatically assume the worst. But it’s best to get your furry pal checked out by a vet as soon as possible to ensure your best friend can get the care they need.

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Does Fetch Pet Insurance cover cancer treatment for pets?

If you find yourself in a scenario where your pet needs cancer treatment, Fetch can help cover the costs. Fetch’s comprehensive coverage plan includes cancer treatments and medication for your dog or cat for many different types of cancer.

Cancer treatment for your dog or cat varies depending on the type and stage of cancer. According to Dr. McCullough, your pet may need surgery to remove a cancerous lump, or chemotherapy in the form of an injection or pill. (The good news is that chemotherapy usually isn’t as harsh on pets as it is on humans and they don’t lose their hair.) If your dog or cat has melanoma, there’s a vaccine. Some pet parents opt for palliative care, which is essentially medication your vet prescribes to make your pet more comfortable.

We know this is all a lot to digest, but remember: if you’re enrolled with Fetch Pet Insurance before your pet shows symptoms of cancer, we can help you with your vet bills so you can stay focused on helping them feel better.

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What’s covered for cancer treatments with Fetch Pet Insurance

Getting a cancer diagnosis for your pet can be scary and overwhelming, which is why having pet insurance helps provide a bit of relief. Specialty care is expensive, and that’s when having the most comprehensive coverage really counts. If your pet needs to see an oncologist or other veterinary specialist, Fetch pays back up to 90% of the cost of care. Our plan also offers coverage for your pet’s hospital stay, medication and follow-up care. Want to see how Fetch's coverage stacks up? Compare our pet insurance with other providers.

Fetch covers cancer treatments vets recommend, including (but not limited to):



Ozone therapy



Radiation therapy

Melanoma vaccine


Palliative care

CT scans


Herbal supplements


Hospital stays related to treatment

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