Walmart adds pet insurance

Bentonville-based retailer Walmart announced the launch of Walmart Pet Care, a full-service, omnichannel pet care offering that makes holistic care “easy, simple and affordable” for the 90 million pet owners who shop at Walmart.

In collaboration with Petplan Insurance , Walmart customers can save up to 10% on their policies and can sign-up for an insurance plan that provides coverage for veterinary fees due to accident, injury or illness, including chronic and hereditary conditions. Walmart Pet Insurance allows customers to file claims and schedule appointments through Petplan’s digital service. Each policy also includes access to $1000 worth of online virtual vet appointments at no additional charge.

“We’re on a mission to help families live better – and that goes for pets, too. Especially as adoption rates soar as a result of the pandemic and more people become pet owners, this was the perfect time to launch expanded services in Walmart Pet Care for our customers. As the most shopped omnichannel retailer for pet products, our new pet care services and support offer our customers trusted, convenient services that provide the exceptional care their pets deserve.” – Merchandising Vice President, Pets, Melody Richard.

Walmart Pet Care will also include new pet sitting and dog walking services through pet sitters network Rover.com . Through Rover, pet parents can book pet sitters and dog walkers from over 300,000 providers in their communities across the country. As a perk for pet owners who book services through Rover, Walmart customers will receive a $20 Walmart gift card for their first completed service and another $20 Walmart gift card if they complete their fifth services within six months.

Walmart Pet Care includes Walmart PetRx, in-store and online pharmacy services introduced by Walmart in 2019, that give customers the opportunity to fill pet prescriptions at prices “significantly below” competitors.

This launch is the latest effort by the retailer to become a one-stop shop for consumers – last month Walmart announced the expansion of Walmart’s healthcare services.