We encourage everyone to enroll their pets early to ensure that expensive veterinary costs are covered
Seattle, WA (Vocus) September 21, 2010
Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company, has released the top five most expensive dog breeds, based on pet insurance claims submitted by Trupanion policyholders since August 12, 2000.
Here are the top five most expensive dog breeds, according to Trupanion:
1. English Bulldog – This breed is prone to cherry eye, brachycephalic syndrome, elongated soft palate, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and stenotic nares. The total amount spent on this breed was $1,152,947.32, with 84% related to illnesses and 16% related to accidents. The average claim amount is $370.57.
2. Bernese Mountain Dog – This breed is prone to cataracts, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and mast cell tumors. The total amount spent on this breed was $553,660.57, with 76% associated with illnesses and 24% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $412.85.
3. Rottweiler – Health conditions associated with this breed are allergies, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and hypothyroidism. Trupanion policyholders have spent $532,261.93 on this breed, 63% for illnesses and 37% for accidents. The average claim amount is $567.53.
4. Great Dane – Common health issues for this breed are cardiomyopathy, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and hip dysplasia. The total amount spent on this breed was $462,204.97, with 77% associated with illnesses and 23% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $385.49.
5. French Bulldog – This breed is prone to allergies, brachycephalic syndrome, hip dysplasia, and stenotic nares. According to Trupanion databases, policyholders have spent $384,325.78 on this breed, with 87% associated with illnesses and 13% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $355.63.
Whether you have one of the most expensive breeds listed above or another loveable breed, the unfortunate fact is that one in two pets will experience a major illness or injury in their lifetime. These incidents can be emotionally and financially draining.
However, enrolling a pet as early as possible with pet insurance increases the chance that all health issues will be covered under a pet insurance policy. If an illness is present before enrollment, it is considered a pre-existing condition, and therefore will not be covered. An injury or recurrence of an injury can also be considered a pre-existing condition.
“We encourage everyone to enroll their pets early to ensure that expensive veterinary costs are covered,” says Howard Rubin, Chief Operating Officer at Trupanion and was the founding CEO of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues. “Unfortunately many people enroll after their pet has become sick or injured, at which point it may be too late.”
Trupanion™ pet insurance offers cat insurance and dog insurance in the United States and Canada. Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion™ to offer a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit. Trupanion’s mission is to deliver fast, simple and user-friendly financial support to pet owners. For more information about Trupanion™, call 800-569-7913 or visit http://www.TrupanionPetInsurance.com.
About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association
Trupanion™ is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of quality pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary community. As an association, we are committed to high standards and transparency in all of our actions and products. To learn more, visit the North American Pet Health Insurance Association website at http://www.naphia.org.
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