25+ Statistics on Pet Health and Insurance

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Pets are always there for us. In an effort to bring you the most accurate information possible so you can make the right choice for you and your pet, we’ve conducted over 50 hours of research and documented information about pet health and ownership and the costs associated with it. If you want to be successful with your baby’s fur, read on!

Animal Health Issues

There are many things about owning pets, including accidents. For example American Humanea non-profit animal welfare organization, estimates that 232,000 pets are poisoned each year in the US.



  • In a study last updated in 2021, Cornell University showed that approximately 2.5% to 5% of healthy cats are infected with caffeine immunodeficiency virus. However, if you are immunocompromised or immunocompromised, the number can be between three and six times higher, at 15%.
  • Cornell reported that leukemia virus affects 2% to 3% of all cats.
  • The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention an estimated 56 million cats are overweight or obese.

Pandemic Pet Effect

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people turned to their pets for companionship or to bring new things into their homes:

Animal Husbandry

More people own pets than ever before:

  • Statesman and American Pet Products Association say that 70% of American households have one or more pets
  • Pet ownership increased by about 3.5% from 67% in 2019
  • Statesman found that the millennial group represented the largest portion of pet owners, making up 32%
Breakdown of Pet Owners by Demographic Group %
A thousand years 32%
Boomers 27%
Gen X 24%
Owning Pets and Breeds %
Dogs 38.4%
Cats 25.4%
A bird 2.8%

Emergency Preparedness

If your furry friend seems to be picking the most difficult times to get sick or injured, chances are you’re not well prepared – and you’re not alone. According to a May 2021 report of the Federal Reserve on the American economyAbout one-third of Americans cannot afford emergency services:

  • About 36% of Americans revealed that they could not pay an emergency bill of $400 or more in cash
  • Another 15 percent said they would have to use a credit card, incurring interest

Average Cost of Treatment

It’s no secret that Veterinary care can be expensive. The American Pet Products Association It’s estimated that pet owners will spend $34.3 billion on vet care and medications in 2021. Even when talking about routine, well-planned visits, pet care doesn’t come cheap.

Annual Medical Expenses

Support Dogs Cats
Regular Drug Costs $225 $160
Antibiotics $185 $140
Spay / Neuter $300 $150
Initial Medical Expenses $300 $150
Teeth $500 $700

(From: ASPCA)

Naturally, emergencies can set you back a lot. Preventive VetA blog run by a group of certified veterinarians says:

  • ER tests can cost between $100 and $200
  • An initial blood test can set you back anywhere between $80 and $200
  • Imaging can cost as little as $150 for an X-ray or as much as $600 for an ultrasound.
  • Hospitalization can cost up to $600 for one day or $3,500 for five days
  • Emergency surgery can set you back up to $5,000

Average Cost of Insurance

Considering the unpredictability of pet related expenses and how much they can add up, it may be wise to consider getting pet insurance.

  • Monthly fees are about $50 for dogs and $28 for cats
  • Plans usually reimburse 70% to 90% of the premiums
  • Several discounts are available, such as discounts for registering multiple pets or paying annually
  • With a wide selection of providers available, finding a solution that fits your budget and works for you and your pet is very easy.

Child Adoption Rate

Considering the cost of treatment, the uncertainty, and the lack of insurance coverage, the number of people who provide insurance for their pets is very low. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association reports only 4.4 million pets were insured in 2021. Compared to the number of pet owners, this number is very low, representing only 4.9%.

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