Nationwide pet insurer reveals most costly claims


Data from Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) reveals that $1,000 veterinary bills are common. In 2010, VPI policyholders submitted nearly 14,000 claims with an average treatment cost exceeding $1,000. VPI analyzed its database to find that the majority of its most expensive claims were the result of just 10 conditions. Following are the top 10 conditions (ranked by frequency) to cost pet owners more than $1,000 in 2010:

 

Condition Number of Claims Average Cost per Claim
Torn knee ligament/cartilage 6,831 $1,578
Intestinal - foreign object 1,005 $1,967
Stomach - foreign object 954 $1,502
Intervertebral disc disease 879 $3,282
Stomach torsion/bloat 372 $2,509
Broken leg (plate) 350 $1,586
Laryngeal paralysis 126 $2,042
Tumor of the throat 124 $1,677
Ear canal surgery/ablation 104 $1,285
Ruptured bile duct 102 $2,245


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