Canadians complain about vet bills but don’t buy pet insurance

Article content

Many Canadians have opened their homes to pets during the pandemic, but are hesitant at the cost of keeping the animals healthy.

Article content

A new Angus-Reid poll shows Canadians love and value their vets — the vast majority report good or excellent service — but find them too expensive.

Article content

At least three in five Canadians who have brought their pet for a checkup, dental procedure, treatment for an illness or emergency visit say they feel the price they paid for that service was too high.

For context, Angus Reid notes that only 16% of Canadian pet owners have pet insurance.

(Of those 16%, a third appreciate having it but feel they don’t need it all the time, another third say it didn’t help them when they needed it, 22% said it was a life saver and 10% thought it was useless.)

Other highlights of the new poll included information that 80% of dog owners say their pet is like a member of the family.

Article content

Nearly a third of all current pet owners have adopted a pet during the pandemic. Upon returning to the office, half of those pet owners say they (26%) or their pet (19%) suffer from separation anxiety.


Sorry, but this video cannot be loaded.

Canadians seem to be animal lovers. About 35% of Canadians own a dog and 31% own a cat. Those are the most popular pets, but 60% of households have some kind of pet.

Pet ownership is related to socioeconomic status. About 65% of high-earning households own a pet, while only half of households with an annual income of less than $50,000 own one.

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey of 1,618 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum from October 11-13, 2022. A probability sample of this size would have a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Leave a Comment