What is Lifetime Cover?

There are different types of pet insurance available. Some cap the total amount you can claim for each condition, others limit you to a year of treatment for a condition.

Pet Insurance from John Lewis Finance only offers Lifetime Cover. This means, if you're insured with us and your premiums are paid, you could claim for a one-off mishap such as a cut paw or an illness such as diabetes which needs treatment every year, or both.

We offer three levels of cover so you can choose the level of veterinary fees you'll have to use for the treatment your pet needs.

If your policy is renewed every year, we won't put a time limit on how long treatment can last and we'll pay up to your chosen vet fee limit each year that you need it.

Cover levels

  Essential Plus Premier
Vet fees - treatment limit per year up to £3,000 up to £7,500 up to £12,000
Lifetime cover      
vetfone™ helpline - 24 hour advice from veterinary nurses      
Behavioural treatment* up to £250 up to £250 up to £500
Treatment food* up to £250 up to £250 up to £250
Complementary treatment - such as physiotherapy* up to £500 up to £1,000 up to £2,000
Third party liability (dogs only) up to £1m up to £2m up to £3m
Accidental damage - damage to other people's property up to £250 up to £500 up to £750
Lost or stolen pets up to £500 up to £1,000 up to £1,500

* Cover forms part of vet fees

Top FAQs

We provide cover for dogs and cats from eight weeks old, and there is no upper age limit, though benefits do change for pets over nine years old.*

We don't offer cover for the ‘types’ of dogs that should be registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 or any subsequent amendments (whether pedigree, cross-breed or mixed breed):

Pit Bull Terrier

Japanese Tosa

Dogo Argentino

Fila Braziliero

Additionally, we don't offer cover for:

American bulldog and other breeds which are not on our breed list

Wolf or wolf hybrid

Fighting dogs

Guard or security dogs

Dogs used for racing

Dogs used in connection with any profession, occupation or business

Dogs used for breeding

*You will not be able to claim for vet fees as a result of an accident in the first 48 hours of cover, or for any changes in your pet's health or behaviour in the first 14 days of cover. Death for Illness cover is not available for any pets aged 9 years and above.

There are a range of factors that could affect your Pet Insurance premium and cover, including:

The age of your pet: older pets are more likely to need medical treatment and very young animals may not have a fully developed immune system

Your pet's breed

Where you live: vet prices may vary across the country

Claims on your policy

You can reduce your premium by:

Increasing your excess  (excess options are £60, £80, £100, £140, £250 or £500)

If you're choosing a new pet, research which breeds are associated with high premiums

If you have more than one pet, investigate any multi-pet discounts that may be on offer

Keep your pet fit and healthy, including regular check-ups at the vets

Choose the right level of cover and don't be tempted to leave out important details

Our Pet Insurance only offers Lifetime Cover. This means, if you're insured with us and your premiums are paid, you could claim for a one-off mishap such as a cut paw, or an illness such as diabetes which needs treatment every year.

We offer three levels of cover, so you can choose the level of veterinary fees you'll have to use for the treatment your pet needs. If your policy is renewed every year, we won't put a time limit on how long treatment can last and we'll pay up to your chosen vet fee limit each year that you need it.

Our partner

John Lewis plc is an appointed representative (Financial Conduct Authority number 416011) of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. John Lewis Home / Pet / Wedding / Event (Delete as appropriate) Insurance is underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc (No. 93792). Registered in England and Wales at St. Mark's Court, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1XL. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register No. 202323)

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