California Pet Owners Spend Most On Care Emergencies

California pet owners who insured their animals with VPI spent more on non-routine veterinary care in 2007 than owners in any other state, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif.

California pet owners who insured their animals with VPI spent  more on non-routine veterinary care in 2007  than owners in any other state, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif. 

VPI recently analyzed its claims data to find the average amount policyholders spent state by state on pet emergencies.

California topped  the list at $500 per pet. Next  were New York at $499, the District of Columbia at $474 and New Jersey at $437.

States where pet owners spent the least on non-routine medical expenses were Mississippi at $207 per pet, North Dakota at $213 and Missouri at $246.

The number of claims submitted per pet did not vary significantly by state, indicating that  spending discrepancies  are due to regional differences in the cost of veterinary care, according to VPI.

For example, veterinarians in California or New York may charge more than veterinarians in Mississippi or North Dakota to offset higher property costs and employee salaries.

 

Most Spent Per Pet State Medical Expense Per Pet
1. California $500
2. New York         $499
3. District of Columbia $474
4. New Jersey $437
5. Colorado $428
6. Connecticut $420
7. Massachusetts $416
8. Maryland $397
9. Illinois $395
10. Oregon $392

 

Least Spent Per Pet State Medical Expense Per Pet
1. Mississippi $207
2. North Dakota         $213
3. Missouri $246
4. Arkansas $246
5. West Virginia $247
6. Kansas $248
7. Iowa $262
8. Oklahoma $264
9. South Carolina $276
10. Alabama $280

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