Data released from Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. ahows that $1,000 veterinary bills may be more common than expected. In 2010, VPI policyholders submitted nearly 14,000 claims with an average treatment cost exceeding $1,000.
“Pet owners should be aware that these $1,000 accidents and illnesses can happen to just about any pet; indoor, outdoor, young or old,” says Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Though the cost of care for these conditions may be high, the prognosis is usually positive and many of the pets that are treated will recover.”
The company analyzed its database to find that its most expensive claims were the result of 10 medical conditions.
- Torn Knee Ligament/Cartilage
- Intestinal Foreign Object
- Stomach – Foreign Object
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Stomach Torsion/Bloat
- Broken Leg (Plate)
- Laryngeal Paralysis
- Tumor of the Throat
- Ear Canal Surgery/ Ablation
- Ruptured Bile Duct
Surgical treatment for a torn knee ligament/cartilage occurred with the greatest frequency. The condition with the highest average cost per claim was intervertebral disc disease, for which pet owners paid an average of $3,282 in 2010.
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