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VPI Reveals Costliest Claims

According to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., intervertebral disc disease in dogs and foreign body ingestion (small intestine) in cats are the most expensive insured conditions commonly seen in each species.

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Intervertebral disc disease in dogs and foreign body ingestion (small intestine) in cats are the most expensive insured conditions commonly seen in each species, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., which insures more than 460,000 pets nationwide.

VPI ranked conditions based on the average fees attached to common claims it received in 2007.

The most expensive common conditions for dogs and cats with the average claimed fees are:

Dogs

CONDITION COST
Intervertebral Disc Disease $2,844
Lung Cancer $2,032
Gastric Torsion (Bloat) $1,955
Foreign Body Ingestion (Small Intestine) $1,629
Cruciate Rupture $1,517
Foreign Body Ingestion (Stomach) $1,398
Cataract (Senior) $1,244
Bone Cancer $1,059
Pin in Broken Limb $1,000
Brain Cancer $916

Cats

CONDITION COST
Foreign Body Ingestion (Small Intestine) $1,629
Urinary Tract Reconstruction $1,399
Foreign Body Ingestion (Stomach) $1,391
Rectal Cancer $1,011
Bladder Stones $989
Intestinal Cancer $942
Hyperthyroidism (Radiation) $920
Fibrosarcoma (Skin Cancer) $780
Acute Renal Failure $565
Mast Cell Tumors $497

Treatment costs vary case by case, and financial figures were compiled based on the average cost of initial claims. VPI states that the figures are not intended to suggest typical reimbursements, reflect a national average of veterinary fees or account for ongoing fees associated with any of the conditions.

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