Nationwide | Pet Insurance Review


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Updated: November 13, 2023

As the largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., Nationwide currently insures over 600,000 dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for medical conditions related to illnesses, injuries accidents and wellness care. Learn more about Nationwide’s plan options, read thousands of customer reviews and get a quote so you can make an informed choice about your pet insurance provider.

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POSTED: | BY: Neil McAslan

It's about balancing your needs with cost

Please note in my experience, the type of Insurance nationwide offers through employers (employee pays everything) is different than what they offer retail market direct. I view Pet Insurance somewhat like a savings plan that helps me stay out of debt when my pet needs medical care. And I also know what kind of care I would treat my pet with and what cases I wouldn't want the animal to suffer. Also, our Vet is High quality but is at the low end of the price range - knowing this is important in selecting a plan and the benefits, deductible etc. I generally can afford about $500 a year for a single dog on pet insurance - that's just over $20 per month. Since out Vet is Very low cost I have found that insurance w/ preventative care is too expensive and adds $250 - $350 to the cost of the yearly insurance and I can manage those costs better paying out of pocket. The downside of that is while I save money, the wellness costs don't count towards my deductible. But that doesn't matter for me since I don't plan on claiming except in the event of a serious emergency, illness or unexpected expense. An example is my last Boxer developed a large small mast cell tumor below her ear that we removed through surgery. It came back positive as cancerous. While we thought we had caught it early and all of it, about a 6 months later she developed a large grapefruit size mast cell growth that was cancerous on her neck. The Dr. recommended chemotherapy and while he struggled to find a medication that was available (short supply) we began treatment that provided Bella another 5 months of quality and comfortable time. Nationwide paid ever claim above the $250 deductible at 90% very promptly by sending Citibank payments electronically deposited to our checking account. In the end our total Vet Bills for the year totaled about $2000 (max $5000 annual) and I think they paid about $1600. Now the yearly cost for that policy was about $375 and we had her insured for 6 years for a total of about $2250. Prior to that we had made a claim for about $500 over the years. So in total Nationwide paid $2100 and our payments for Insurance was about $2250. I consider that to be exactly what the insurance was meant for. I carried the cost monthly to ensure I wouldn't go into debt on a credit card if treatment was needed. And if there had been an emergency requiring Urgent Care those costs would have been 3x. Nationwide provided excellent coverage at an excellent price that met our predetermined needs. Note if I had selected options like higher coverage, lower deductible, etc the price per year would have made the numbers cost prohibitive. So to get the value you need to understand: 1. Vet cost 2. What you will treat and what you will not treat 3. Annual checkup costs 4. What's the other option, savings, stocks, credit card and your tolerance to use it.

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VETERINARIAN: Shelby Vet Clinic and Animal Dermatology

POSTED: | BY: Lisa Fox

Love ❤️ Nationwide

I have had Nationwide for several years and so glad I do. I have been able to provide necessary healthcare to my puppies that I wouldn’t have been able to without.

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POSTED: | BY: Tim Wilk

Great when unexpected treatment arises.

I've had VPI (now Nationwide) for well over 20 years on all my dogs. Thankfully, because of insurance I am able to afford unexpected treatments over the years. Wouldn't be without Pet Insurance.

out of 5

VETERINARIAN: Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic

POSTED: | BY: Jean Levine

Nationwide is outstanding

We have a beagle/Corgi mix that thinks everything is edible. WE have have several claims and Nationwide always pays and pays quickly. They make it so easy to file a claim online then they directly deposit the check into our account. We are so happy we choose Nationwide we we first got our Cooper.

out of 5

POSTED: | BY: Warren Braverman


Excellent coverage, claims and customer service

Monthly Cost

Policies start at approximately $12 per month.


Nationwide offers a variety of plans offering varying levels of coverage. The company’s most popular plan, Whole Pet with Wellness, offers 90% reimbursement for accident, injury, illness and wellness care, inclusive of exam fees. All Nationwide members have complimentary 24/7 access to vethelpline.

Payout Limits

Depending on the plan selected, there may be annual benefit limits or per incident benefit allowances. There is no annual limit for the company’s most popular plan, Whole Pet with Wellness.


Annual deductibles range from $0 to $1,000. Most popular annual deductible for Whole Pet with Wellness is $250.

Age Limits

No age restriction to enroll in company’s most popular plan, Whole Pet with Wellness. Other plans may have age restrictions.

Waiting Period

14-day waiting period after application approved and payment of premium is received.


Pre-existing conditions are not covered on any plans (if a condition is curable, it may be eligible for review if pet remains treatment-free for at least six months). Whole Pet with Wellness covers nearly all veterinary expenses. Notable exclusions include boarding and grooming.
Since 1982, Nationwide has helped pet owners protect what matters most. As the largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., Nationwide currently insures over 600,000 dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for medical conditions related to illnesses, injuries accidents and wellness care. In 2015, it introduced Whole Pet with Wellness, the only U.S. pet health insurance plan offering complete coverage for injuries, accidents, illnesses and wellness care. Policies range from nose-to-tail coverage to routine pet care plans that offer reimbursement for wellness exams and preventive treatments.

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