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Industry Pet Insurance
Founded 1976
Founder Patsy Bloom and David Simpson
Headquarters ,
Number of locations
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Products Pet Insurance
Services Insurance for pets
Parent Pet Plan Limited

Petplan is a London-based pet insurance company. Pet Plan Limited is a subsidiary of Allianz Insurance plc, part of the Allianz Global Group. Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the UK.


Petplan was launched in 1976 by Patsy Bloom and David Simpson. When it was launched, Petplan products covered domestic cats and dogs, with cover extending to rabbits.

Petplan now licences its brand name in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and Spain.


Petplan insurance covers unexpected illnesses, accident and injuries for dogs, cats and rabbits. Policies provide coverage for hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions – including cancer, diagnostic testing, prescription medications, non-routine dental treatment, MRI, CAT scan and ultrasound imaging as standard.

Petplan’s Covered For Life policies re-fresh the veterinary fee benefit each year providing ongoing cover for the life of the pet as long as the policy is renewed annually with no break in cover

Like other pet insurance companies, Petplan does not cover pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions are defined as those medical conditions that first occurred or showed clinical signs or symptoms before the effective date of the policy, or that occurred or showed clinical signs or symptoms within the first fourteen days of the policy.

Charitable work

Petplan works with more than 1,200 charities throughout the UK. Partners include: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Dogs Trust, and the Scottish SPCA. In 1994, the Petplan Charitable Trust was formed to raise funds to promote the health and welfare of animals. In 2013, Petplan launched the annual Animal Charity Awards in conjunction with the Association of Dog and Cat Homes which recognise animal charities and non-profit animal organisations across the UK who help to rescue and rehome animals.


Petplan has been credited the following awards:

2017 Moneywise Customer Service Awards: Most Trusted Pet Insurance Provider

2017 Consumer Moneyfacts Awards: Pet Insurance Provider of the Year – Commended

2015 Your Dog Magazine Awards: Best Dog Insurance winner

2014 Insurance Times Claims Excellence Award: Customer Care Initiative of the Year - Winner

2014 Consumer Moneyfacts Awards: Pet Insurance Provider of the Year – Highly Commended

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