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Walmart Launches New Pet Care Services: Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Pet Insurance

The big-box store will partner with existing service providers.

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BENTONVILLE, AR — Walmart announced an expansion of its pet offerings with Walmart Pet Care.

The retailer “is leveraging industry-leading providers to bring customers trusted pet care programs in one place, including Walmart Pet Insurance and convenient pet care services like dog-walking and pet sitting,” according to a press release.

“We’re on a mission to help families live better — and that goes for pets, too,” said Melody Richard, merchandising vice president, Pets. “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.”

Walmart is offering Walmart Pet Insurance, which it describes as “an accessible insurance solution in the same place customers buy their pet food and fill their pet’s prescriptions.” In collaboration with Petplan, 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, according to the release. Walmart Pet Insurance also makes it easy for customers to file claims and schedule appointments through Petplan’s digital service. Each policy also includes access to $1,000 worth of online virtual vet appointments at no additional charge.

Walmart Pet Care will also include pet sitting and dog walking services through Rover, a website and app providing access to neighborhood care. Through Rover, pet parents can quickly and easily 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 service within six months, according to the release.

Walmart Pet Care includes Walmart PetRx, in-store and online pharmacy services introduced by Walmart in 2019.

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Walmart Pet Care “is just one of the recent investments the retailer has made in the Pet category, joining its growing assortment of over 1,800 premium and specialty pet products and the expansion of in-store vet clinics that offer Walmart customers quality pet care, conveniently where they shop,” according to the release.

For more information on Walmart Pet Care, visit Walmart.com/PetCare.

 

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