Spot Pet Insurance Review: Should You Consider This New Provider?

Cesar Millan with dog (caption: Spot Pet Insurance Review)Spot Pet Insurance launched in 2019 with impressive coverage and two affordable wellness plans. And the company’s chairman is none other than Cesar Millan from “The Dog Whisperer.” But as a newcomer to an increasingly competitive industry, is Spot worth considering? We take a deep dive into what you can expect from their policies, pricing, claims process, customer service, and more.

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Spot Pet Insurance

2.5 / 5
Spot Pet Insurance
Rating 2.5

Pros

  • No lifetime or per-incident payout limits with any plan
  • No upper age limits
  • Covers alternative therapies, like acupuncture
  • Claim processing averages 10-14 days
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Your pet is covered when they travel with you in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories
  • Competitively priced wellness plans

Cons

  • Premiums were significantly higher than average when we ran quotes
  • 14-day waiting period for accidents (some cover accidents within 2-3 days)
  • If there’s a knee injury prior to enrollment or during the waiting period, they won’t cover the second leg if an injury occurs. It’s considered a bilateral condition.
  • $2 transaction fee, if not paying annually

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Key Features

  • Underwriter: United States Fire Insurance Company (administered by C&F Insurance Agency, Inc., a Crum & Forster company)
  • Bilateral exclusions include ligament and knee conditions (a condition or disease that affects both sides of the body)
  • Claims process:
    • Must submit claims within 270 days of the date of service via app, online, fax, or mail
    • Claim repayment averages 10-14 business days, and direct deposit and check are options
  • Can transfer policy coverage to a new owner as long as the new owner contacts Spot
  • Covers curable pre-existing conditions that are free from treatment and symptoms for 180 days

Customer Service Options & Hours

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 855‑941-3571
    • Monday – Friday: 8am – 9pm EST
  • FAQ
  • Live chat:
    • Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm EST
  • 24/7 Pet Helpline for pet health, behavior, and wellness advice

Waiting Periods

Spot Pet Insurance waiting periods

  • Illnesses: 14 days
  • Accidents: 14 days
  • Cruciate Ligaments: 14 days
  • Hip Dysplasia: 14 days
  • Wellness: 0 days

What Does Spot Cover?

Please know that none of the providers in our pet insurance comparison charts cover pre-existing conditions, cremation and burial costs, pregnancy and breeding, or unnecessary cosmetic procedures.

All of them cover the following items when deemed medically necessary: emergency care, surgery and hospitalization, specialized exams and specialty care, X-rays, blood tests, ultrasounds, cat scans, MRIs, rehabilitation, cancer, chronic conditions, euthanasia, hereditary conditions, congenital conditions, non-routine dental treatment, and prescription medications. However, this coverage may have limitations, so please check your policy.

Condition Covered By Spot
Behavioral Therapies
Alternative/Holistic Therapies
Exam Fees
Wellness Care Extra Fee

Accident Only Plan

Spot’s Accident Only Plan covers injuries and accidents only. Illness-related claims are excluded from coverage. Examples of eligible claims are listed below.

  • Torn ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Bite wounds
  • Cuts
  • Lodged foreign objects
  • Toxic ingestions

Preventative Care Add-On Plans

Once you choose your basic policy, you have the option to add one of two Preventative Care plans shown in the table below. Included are the maximum amounts that Spot will pay each year for that specific routine care.

Platinum Gold
Price Per Month $24.95 $9.95
Dental Cleaning or Spay/Neuter $150 $100 (Dental Only)
Wellness Exam $50 $50
Deworming $25 $20
Health Certificate $25 N/A
Flea/Heartworm Prevention $25 N/A
DHLPP Vaccine/Titer or Feline FVRCP Vaccine/Titer $25 $20
Rabies or Lyme Vaccine/Titer or Feline FIP Vaccine/Titer $25 $20
Bordetella Vaccine/Titer $25 N/A
Fecal Test $25 $20
Heartworm Test or Feline FELV Test $25 $20
Blood Test $25 N/A
Urinalysis $25 N/A
Total Annual Benefits $450 $250

Pricing Quotes

We’ve gathered some sample prices from Spot for its accident and illness coverage plan. You can choose your deductible, annual payout, and reimbursement options listed in the table below.

Deductible Options Payout Options Reimbursement Options
$100
$250
$500
$750
$1,000
$2,500
$3,000
$4,000
$5,000
$7,000
$10,000
$15,000
$20,000
Unlimited
70%
80%
90%

The cost of each policy is unique to your pet and depends on many variables, including your pet’s age, breed, location, health conditions, and more. Below are sample prices for select breeds in various locations with different limitations for Spot. Quotes are from December 2021.

Breed Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever Mixed Breed Dog (45 lbs) Mixed Cat
Male or Female Male Male Female Female
Age 3 Years 2 Years 5 Years 4 Years
Location Virginia (22901) California (90210) Indiana (46201) Illinois (60169)
Reimbursement Level 80% 80% 80% 80%
Annual Deductible $250 $500 $250 $250
Annual Payout Limit Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Price Per Month $87.76 $95.70 $80.06 $30.37

You can get personalized price quotes for your pet(s) from several top-ranked companies when you fill out just one short form. Also, visit our pet insurance quotes page to see how the cost of Spot stacks up against the competition.

Coupon Code

Spot Pet Insurance offers a 10% multi-pet discount when you use this link.

How Is Reimbursement Calculated?

Spot uses a “deductible then co-pay” reimbursement method. This is calculated in the following way:

  • Actual vet bill amount – Remaining annual deductible – Co-pay = Reimbursement amount

What’s Our Final Verdict?

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Spot Pet Insurance has very competitive coverage and a wide variety of customizable payout limits and deductibles; however, the quotes we ran were pretty far above average. Spot is also newer to the pet insurance industry, so we’d like to see them become more well established.

If you’re unsure if Spot is the best fit for your pet insurance needs, you’ve got lots of options. See our top recommendations for pet insurance along with category winners (we rank the best providers for everything from older dogs and dental coverage to wellness coverage and bilateral conditions) to see how Spot compares.