US Pet Insurance Market Skyrockets to $2B in 2020

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Julija A.
May 17,2021

US pet owners set an all-time record in 2020 by spending $1.99 billion on pet health insurance, which represents a 27.5% year-on-year increase.

The number of insured pets has reached an all-time high of over 3.1 million; out of those, 83% were dogs and 17% cats. Canada saw $188 million in pet insurance sales, which, coupled with the US numbers, continues North America’s double-digit growth rate for the sixth year in a row.

Kristen Lynch, the executive director of North American Pet Health Insurance, said that the pandemic had a significant impact on these numbers: “Last year, we saw the stay-at-home and work-from-home measures introduced during the pandemic create even closer bonds between pet owners and their pets.” She also explained that it was expected that pet owners would want to mitigate unexpected veterinary costs in the context of the pandemic.

The pandemic brought another positive increase - adoptions and new pet purchases also hit a record high in 2020. It was only expected of pet insurance companies to meet this trend with new offers.

The NAPHIA’s board president, Rick Faucher, said that he is confident the North American market will continue to grow at the same pace.

NAPHIA has published a report which reveals that over 19.2% of insured pets live in California. New York follows with 8.7%, and 5.8% of insured pets reside in Florida. Dog owners paid on average $599.03 a year, or $49.92 per month, for their pet’s health insurance in 2020. Cat owners spent an average of $341.35 over the year - or $28.44 monthly.

Senior Vice President and General Manager at Pets Best Insurance Melissa Gutierrez said that the numbers were clear proof of pets’ humanization: “From estate planning to joint-custody planning, the role pets play as part of the family is growing increasingly more significant.”

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