Cheap pet insurance

Cheap pet insurance does exist! You can protect your dog or cat from as little as $19.65 a month.

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Cheap pet insurance policies for dogs

To help you find a cheap pet insurance policy, we calculated the average monthly cost of accident-only pet insurance from 6 Australian pet insurance providers for 5 popular dog breeds. Quotes are taken in August 2021 based on a 1 and 5-year-old desexed male dog. The owner was 24 years old at the time and lived in the 2010 postcode.

Golden RetrieverLabrador RetrieverCavalier King Charles SpanielStaffordshire Bull TerrierGerman Shepherd Get quote
Budget Direct LogoPet Insurance$53.85$57.78$57.78$80.11$98.49Get quote
Picture not describedEssentials Pet Care$69.01$64.91$64.91$56.64$64.91Get quote
PD pet insurance logoAccident Plan$24.36$24.36$19.65*$29.45$19.68Get quote
Picture not describedPet Insurance$95.89$95.89$90.25$52.57$96.06Get quote
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$68.50$79.14$68.50$71.87$79.14Get quote
Pet insurance australiaPet Essentials$81.98$82.25$82.25$65.07$82.25Get quote

Remember these prices won't be the exact same for you. Pet insurance costs differ depending on your pet's breed, age, health and where you live. To get a precise quote, you'll need to click "get quote" from one or more of the pet insurers above where you'll be asked a few questions about your pet.

Cheap pet insurance policies for cats

Here's a breakdown of some cheap pet insurance policies for cats. We calculated the average monthly cost of an accident-only policy from 6 providers for 5 popular cats breeds. Quotes are taken in August 2021 based on a 1 and 5-year-old male cat. The owner was 24 years old at the time and lived in the 2010 postcode.

Ragdoll catPersian catSiamese catBurmese catTabby catGet quote
Budget Direct LogoPet Insurance$42.04$50.71$42.04$42.04$31.21Get quote
Picture not describedEssentials Pet Care$33.03$37.03$39.23$37.03$30.02Get quote
PD pet insurance logoAccident Plan$12.81$12.81$12.81$12.81$12.81Get quote
Picture not describedPet Insurance$52.57$52.57$52.57$52.57$46.89Get quote
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Pro Cover

$42.49$42.49$42.49$42.49$42.49Get quote
Pet insurance australiaPet Essentials$44.34$47.26$50.28$47.26$39.08Get quote

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What does cheap pet insurance cover?

Cheap pet insurance policies usually only cover accidents. If you want cover for illnesses, you'll need to pay a little more. A basic accident-only pet insurance policy usually comes with an annual claim limit of between $3,000 and $12,000 and will typically cover your pet for the following:

  • Injuries from car accidents
  • Burns and electrocution
  • Snake bites
  • Allergic reactions to insect bites, excluding ticks and fleas
  • Injuries such as bite wounds caused by other animals
  • Falls

How to find cheap pet insurance

Follow these 4 quick and easy steps, use the filters at the top of the page and you'll be able to find a cheap pet insurance policy in just a few minutes.


Go for an accident-only policy

Accident-only pet insurance policies are the cheapest type of cover you can get. If you're happy to go without illness cover, narrow your search by selecting accident-only policies from the filters.


Select a higher excess

The higher the excess you choose, the cheaper your premiums will be. Our filters let you choose between a $0 and $500 excess to help lower costs. Just remember that you'll need to pay this excess whenever you make a claim.


Opt for a lower annual limit and reimbursement rate

An annual limit is the maximum amount you can claim per year. The reimbursement rate refers to the percentage of a vet bill the pet insurer will pay. Generally, the lower the annual limit and reimbursement rate, the cheaper your pet insurance policy is likely to cost.


Get multiple quotes

While we can't show you exactly how much you'll pay for a pet insurance policy, there's nothing stopping you from clicking through, answering some questions about your pet and getting a couple of different quotes. If price is your only concern, go with the insurer that gives you the cheapest quote.

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What to watch out for when buying cheap pet insurance

Before you go buying the cheapest policy out there, ask yourself these questions:

  • How much can you claim back? Policies will reimburse you a certain percentage of costs, typically from about 60% to 80%. Consider how low you're willing to go just for a cheap policy.
  • What's the excess? The excess is a fee you pay when you make a claim. A higher excess generally results in a lower premium.
  • What are the limits? This is the maximum amount you can claim in a year. Some events will have sub-limits applied.
  • Does it cover illnesses? Accident only cover is cheaper, but you might want to pay a little more and get illnesses covered as well.
  • Can you add routine care cover? If it's available, routine care cover is often a worthwhile inclusion that can save more than it costs.
  • Does it have lifetime cover? Many policies on Finder let you get lifetime cover for your pets. If it is a guaranteed renewal offer, you can continue to renew an existing policy as long as you keep paying your premiums.

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    AngelaMay 21, 2017

    I got my cat for free 2 weeks and was advised by previous owner that he had been bitten by a snake. The owner gave the medication for the wound, which I feel isn’t healing the wound. Would I be able to get insurance for pre-existing injury

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      LiezlMay 22, 2017

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks for your question.

      Although your pet has a pre-existing condition, it does not mean you can’t get pet insurance. For this, you have to make special arrangements with your insurer. As terms and conditions vary extensively among insurance companies, it would be best to check it with the insurer beforehand.


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    GeorgeNovember 4, 2016

    I am about to buy my 6th Labrador from Guide Dogs Australia, age 15 months and in perfect health. My previous dogs suffered from tick bites and one, a ruptured cruciate ligament. As these are common ailments, it seems that all insurers cap their benefits at less than half the cost of actual treatment in order to maximise profits. Is there any pet insurance policy that does not include caps on these ailments and will pay the advertised 80%, or whatever, of the actual cost within the advertised annual limit?

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      RichardNovember 7, 2016Staff

      Hi George,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It will depend on the policy but most pet insurers offer either yearly benefits or a percentage of total cost benefit.


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    NigelJanuary 11, 2016

    Do any insurance companies actually offer a zero waiting period? Seems a bit of a rip off paying for 12 months insurance when your pup isn’t covered for the first 30 days …

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      RichardJanuary 12, 2016Staff

      Hi Nigel,

      Thanks for your question. We currently only have two pet insurers in our panel and both have waiting periods. Both the Bow Wow Meow and Woolworths Pet Insurance waiting periods are:
      30 days – For Conditions covered under the Illness and tick paralysis sections.
      6 months – For cruciate ligament conditions.

      I hope this was helpful,

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    MichaelJune 24, 2015

    Looking for a pet insurance that covers at least half the cost of obedience training/behavior training. Can you please assist.

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      RichardJune 24, 2015Staff

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your question.

      Many pet insurance policies provide some cover for obedience training. The insurers listed below all provide $50 each year for obedience training (seems to be an industry standard):
      Woolworths Pet Insurance
      Real Pet Insurance
      Guardian Pet Insurance
      Medibank Pet Insurance

      Please make sure to read the eligibility criteria, features, and details of the policy, as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statement of the policy before making a decision and consider whether the product is right for you. If necessary, speak to the insurance brand to verify any details.

      I hope this was helpful,

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