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There is so much to do in California with your pup, from hiking in the mountains to swimming in the ocean. However, that opens up more possibilities of your dog having an accident. Getting stuck in a thorn bush, burning pads on the hot beach sand, or even having a skin irritation are not out of the realm of possibilities.
This doesn’t mean you should keep your dog inside 24/7, though. Instead, you can protect your wallet with pet insurance and still go on all the adventures you dream of with your best friend beside you.
All of our top-ranked pet insurance providers offer coverage in California. The monthly premium is based on your dog’s breed, zip code, pre-existing health conditions, age, and other factors.
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- French Bulldog
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Below are the five most popular dog breeds in San Diego, CA.3
- Siberian Husky
- French Bulldog
We ran quotes for plans in California with our best-rated pet insurance providers (see below). We chose breeds based on the list of popular dog breeds above. None of the quotes we ran were for pets with microchips or pre-existing conditions.
Please know that you should expect small annual increases for any pet insurance provider based on vet costs rising or more claims being submitted in the location where you reside. So if you are quoted $30 per month today, that does not mean it will stay that price for the life of your pet.
All quotes are from January 2021.
We suggest you read our pet insurance reviews to find out why we chose these three companies as the best. Keep in mind that coverage details and customer service are important factors too, not cost alone.
We recommend obtaining quotes from at least three different companies to see what price range you are looking at. You can obtain free quotes from multiple insurance companies here.
Arguably, yes. California is applauded for making pet insurance a more consumer-friendly option than any other state with pet insurance-specific laws to better protect you. These laws require clear policy language on coverage limits, lifetime limits, deductibles, waiting periods, and cancellation requirements. Additionally, the costs of spaying and neutering dogs and cats is mandatory for pet insurance policies in California.
Below are the most pet-friendly cities in California based on the 100 largest U.S. cities.4 Note: We excluded cities that fall outside of California from our table.
|Most Pet-Friendly Cities||Pet Budget*||Pet Health & Wellness**||Outdoor Pet-Friendliness***|
*Pet budget was determined by considering vet care costs, minimum pet-care provider rate per visit and dog insurance premiums.
**Pet health and wellness was determined by considering veterinarians per capita, pet caretakers per capita, animal trainers per capita, pet businesses per capita, dog-friendly restaurants per capita, share of pet-friendly hotels, dog-friendly shops per capita, pet meetup groups per capita, doggie daycare and boarding establishments per capita, pet-friendliness of rental markets, average home square footage, share of single-family detached homes, share of homes with one or fewer occupants per room, animal shelters per capita and strength of animal protection laws.
***Outdoor pet-friendliness was determined by considering weather, dog parks per capita, parkland as a share of the city area, walk score, dog-friendly trails per capita, and dog shows per capita.
There are some other notable statistics you might like to know regarding cities in California.4
- Based on 100 of the largest U.S. cities:
- Stockton has the lowest veterinary-care costs, and Bakersfield has the 5th lowest
- Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are tied with New York for having the highest dog insurance premiums
- San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are tied with Las Vegas for having the most pet businesses per capita
- San Diego is tied with 5 other cities for having the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita
- Stockton is 96th and San Bernardino is 97th for having the fewest dog-friendly restaurants per capita
- San Francisco is tied with 5 other cities for having the most dog parks per capita
- Santa Ana is tied with 3 other cities for having the fewest dog parks per capita
- San Diego has the most animal shelters per capita, and Los Angeles is 5th
- Chula Vista is 94th for having the fewest animal shelters per capita
According to a study from Joy Organics5, California is the #5 most dog-friendly state to live in the United States. The sunshine state ranks extremely high for the number of pet-friendly restaurants per 100,000 residents (4.4) and has the most dogs on social media (must be a Hollywood thing).
Below is a real-life pet insurance story from a customer in California.
Max was playing at the local dog park with friends when an unwelcome rattlesnake entered the fenced-in area and bit Max on the bridge of his nose. Max was rushed to the nearest vet, and the vet staff went into action performing emergency care.
The next few hours would be crucial for Max as he endured two doses of anti-venom (costing over $1,000 each). Max needed to stay overnight in the hospital, and if he survived, he’d require extensive follow-up care (e.g., antibiotics, steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, bloodwork, etc.). The overall cost could easily be as high as $8,000.
Max’s pet parent, Sunshine, knew life without Max would be unbearable, so she approved the procedures. Thankfully, a couple of weeks before the snake bite, Sunshine had bought pet insurance on Max. She was relieved she had made the decision before the snake bite and could now focus on Max’s health instead of her financial situation.
Max began improving the next day and has returned to his playful self. Figo covered all but 10% of her post-deductible expenses, and Sunshine’s reimbursement was in the bank within five days.
Our Chief Dog Officer, Lily, had her own near-death encounter with a copperhead snake. Fortunately, she made a full recovery and her parents were reimbursed 90% of the total cost thanks to pet insurance.
Things can change in the blink of an eye. At one moment, your dog could be playing at a dog park and the next, he’s in excruciating pain. Pet insurance can help you financially during an emergency and shift your focus onto the treatment and recovery of your dog. Learn more about why pet insurance is worth it.
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