The nation's largest pet insurer and the largest retailer are getting together to help people meet the health needs of their dogs, cats and other pets.
Nationwide and Walmart formed a partnership in which Nationwide pet insurance members can get their prescription medicines for their pets filled at a Walmart pharmacy.
"Really, we have a passion for pets and their well-being," said Heidi Sirota, Nationwide's chief pet officer. "We want to do everything to make prescriptions more accessible, more affordable and more convenient."
Nationwide pet insurance members can go to my.petinsurance.com to sign up and access a digital card to use at any of the 4,700 Walmart pharmacies.
Members will have access to Walmart’s most commonly prescribed pet-specific medications for chronic disease and flea, tick and heartworm prevention at prices below what stores charge.
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The pharmacy will handle filing a claim with Nationwide.
The partnership is aimed at the growing trend of pets being viewed as members of people's families. Pet adoptions have accelerated during the pandemic. Spending on pet health has been on the increase for several years.
The cost of caring for pets has been growing.
"It's not cheap to have a pet and keep your pet healthy," Sirota said.
Nationwide said the deal with Walmart is a first for the pet health insurance industry.
Nationwide has nearly 1 million pet policyholders, and 9,000 employers offer Nationwide coverage to their workers.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Nationwide, Walmart strike deal for pet insurance policyholders