Good news for Fido and Fluffy: Walmart is rolling out new pet services.
The retailer is joining forces with Petplan to offer Walmart Pet Insurance. Walmart customers who enroll in the insurance will save up to 10% on the policy price.
The insurance covers veterinary costs associated with accidents, injuries or illnesses, including chronic and hereditary conditions. Coverage also includes $1,000 worth of online virtual vet appointments.
Walmart also is combining forces with Rover to offer dog-walking and pet-sitting services. Booking these services gets you a $20 Walmart gift card for your first completed service, and another $20 Walmart gift card once you complete a fifth service within six months.
Finally, Walmart continues to offer Walmart PetRx, a combination of in-store and online pharmacy services it unveiled in 2019, as part of the Walmart Pet Care program.
To learn more about Walmart Pet Care, visit Walmart.com/PetCare.
Getting the best deal on pet insurance
Pet insurance can be a lifesaver — literally — if your pet gets sick. With this coverage, your pet generally can get the treatment it needs at a reasonable cost.
However, as with most things, comparison shopping is key to getting the best deal. As we have reported, it’s also important to be aware of any limitations, exceptions and co-payments that come with a policy.
The breed of dog you own also can play a role in how much you pay for pet insurance:
“Among the most expensive breeds of dogs to insure are Rottweilers, Great Danes and Bernese mountain dogs — larger breeds that are genetically predisposed to costly medical conditions like cancer and hip dysplasia. Among the cheapest breeds to insure are Shih Tzus and poodles.”
For more, check out “6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets.”
Pet adoptions are soaring thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. But before considering giving a loved one the gift of furry companionship this holiday season, check out “7 Reasons Why Pets Make Bad Gifts.”