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Pet insurance statistics 2021-2022

Finder research revealed that a third (36%) of Australians welcomed a new pet into the family over the last 12 months.

It's no secret that we are an animal-loving nation. In fact, almost two thirds (62%) of Australians are sharing their home with a furry or feathered friend – that's an estimated 12 million pet owners.

It's also apparent that many of us were craving companionship during the pandemic. Finder research revealed that a third (36%) of Australians welcomed a new pet into the family over the last 12 months.

The data shows that 42% of Aussies now have at least one dog and 30% have at least one cat - that's millions of happy owners and even happier animals. Rounding out the top five most popular pets were fish (9%), birds (8%), and rabbits (2%).

When we reached out to Australians about their pets' financial needs, here's what they said.

How many times have Aussies taken their pet to the vet in the last 12 months?

What's the average amount people spend at the vet? (Last 12 months)

How many Australians have ever attended a pet birthday party

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The average cost of pet insurance for cats and dogs

We crunched the numbers in Australia and checked 560 dog breeds and 99 cat breeds. Here are the average prices of pet insurance for a 5-year old dog and cat per month:

Most common pet insurance claims for 2019

Accident or illnessAverage Claim Amount FY 2019
Multiple fractures$2,066.31
Irish Wolfhound$567
Cancer$3,503.74
Gastroenteritis$1,319.65
Tick paralysis$1,156.87
Snake bite$2,133.31
Pneumonia$1,610.57
Arthritis$688
Diabetes$1,952.39
Ear infection$883.38
Cataracts$1,755.15
Dermatitis$832.71
Urinary tract infection$814.49

PetSure claims data (June 2018-July 2019), from RSPCA

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