Ownership of a pet brings huge rewards, but also brings responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to provide healthcare for your pet, another is to protect yourself and your family from unexpected, expensive veterinary bills. Research from Petplan indicates that they paid out an average of £4.4 million in claims costs each week in 2014 alone.

Animals are just as susceptible to illness and injury as their human owners and over half of all pet owners have had to make an unforeseen visit to a vet within the past two years. By insuring your pet, not only do you have the peace of mind that your veterinary bills are covered, but you can also rest assured in the knowledge that your pet will receive the most appropriate treatment, rather than the most affordable.

Examples of costs for common veterinary treatment:

  • £650 to manage a cat’s diabetes
  • £260 to provide a rabbit with dental care
  • £1,500 to treat a dog’s cruciate ligament injury
  • £450 to treat a dog’s skin allergy

Pet owners without insurance may encounter financial difficulties should their pet experience unexpected illnesses or injury, with even minor treatment costing hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds. This can lead to pet owners facing tough decisions regarding their pet’s future treatment.

Choosing Your Policy

As with all insurance, premiums vary significantly and depend on a number of different factors. It is important to select an insurance policy that provides a long term commitment to the health and happiness of your pet, but is also convenient for you.

That’s why Wood Green recommends Petplan’s Covered For Life® policy. Each year they renew your Veterinary Fees benefit therefore providing continuous cover for ongoing illnesses and injuries, providing you renew your policy each year without a break in cover. By insuring with Petplan, your premium will not increase based on your claim history alone and you will also receive exclusive discounts on a number of pet related products and services.

Petplan and Wood Green

Wood Green has been working with Petplan for many years to provide insurance to all our rehomed cats, dogs and rabbits. We realise the importance of pet insurance in a pet’s long term health and that’s why each pet rehomed through Wood Green will receive 4 weeks' free insurance from Petplan, the UK's favourite pet insurer.

Petplan share our vision of a world where all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life. To help achieve this, Petplan will give 10% of your premium to Wood Green and a further 10% again each year you renew. This is a crucial source of funding for Wood Green as, during 2015, over £90,000 was received from Petplan; a sum which has significantly helped us to continue to save the lives of pets less fortunate than your own.

Petplan offer a 10% discount for all policies bought online by supporters of Wood Green, so please click here for a quote today.


Terms, conditions and excesses apply and may be varied on renewal. Wood Green, The Animals Charity (Registered Charity No. 298348), through its trading division Wood Green Animal Shelters, is an Appointed Representative of Pet Plan Limited. Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited (Registered in England No. 1282939) and Allianz Insurance plc (Registered in England No. 84638). Registered office: 57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1DB.

Pet Plan Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial Services Register No. 311969. Allianz Insurance plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Financial Services Register No. 121849. Pet Plan Limited is a subsidiary of Allianz Insurance plc. Petplan's trading address is: Great West House (GW2), Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9DX. Wood Green Animal Shelters is not part of the Allianz (UK) Group. Email: