Veterinary treatment costing over £500 on average

A study of new claims by Direct Line Pet Insurance shows that the most common claims for pet dogs averages at over £500. 

The most commo…

A study of new claims by Direct Line Pet Insurance shows that the most common claims for pet dogs averages at over £500.

The most common conditions that are claimed for include tumours, growths, warts and cysts, which cost an average of £687.15 to treat. The most expensive, however, are musculoskeletal disorders, which include conditions such as sprains, arthritis and conditions associated with abnormal joint development such as hip dysplasia. These tend to cost an average of £1,233.

Other conditions which are commonly claimed for include gastro-intestinal disorders such as gastroenteritis and pancreatitis (£722.27 average claim) and injuries including wounds, cuts and lacerations (£546.90 average claim).

While the data is based on pet owners making insurance claims, the staggering costs will hit those without insurance even harder, as they will be expected to fork out these large sums of money.

This will often then leave owners having to make the decision to potentially compromise the level of treatment, or even to put a pet down if the medical costs are too high.

Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, said: “Recent technological and medical advancements mean that there are many more treatment options available when our pets get sick. It’s obvious we all care about our pets and value them as members of the family. However, all dogs are at risk of being injured or falling ill, so it is essential to have insurance cover to make sure you can treat your pet without breaking the bank.”

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