Pet Health

If you have a pet, it’s likely you consider them part of the family. And as the one responsible for their wellbeing, you’ll no doubt do your best to provide them with a high quality of life.

One way to protect your pet is by having pet insurance cover, which ensures they get appropriate care and treatment if they fall ill or are injured. Taking out cover can also help fund any expensive vet’s bills that come your way. Our pet insurance guide provides useful pointers on what’s included in a typical pet insurance policy, as well as how to get the right type of cover for your pet.

Most common illnesses suffered by dogs with poor health

Pets are prone to all manner of illnesses, and there is always the risk of an accident, so pet insurance is crucial. As with other forms of insurance, the cost of cover can be driven up if you make a large number of claims. So if your pet has an unhealthy lifestyle and has to visit the vet more often, the premiums could increase, especially if your claims are considered ‘lifestyle’ related.

There are a number of common ailments suffered by dogs in particular that can be considered lifestyle illnesses, arising from poor diet or lack of exercise.

These lifestyle ailments range in severity both in terms of their effect on your dog’s health and also on how much you might have to pay in vet’s bills. The average claim for a common lifestyle illness such as diabetes is £280.39*.

One of the most expensive vet’s bills for a lifestyle-related illness is a stomach upset, which can cost on average a whopping £408.10, while viral infections can cost £332.05 on average.

Most common dog ‘lifestyle’ illnesses

There are a number of common ailments suffered by dogs in particular that can be considered lifestyle illnesses, arising from poor diet or lack of exercise.

* source 4Paws Pet Insurance, data based on quotes 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2016

** source MoneySuperMaket quote data 1st December 2016 – 31st December 2016

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