Sydney, Jan 19: Bupa Pet Insurance data reveals the most common insurance claims for dogs and how an appetite for corn cobs and socks is landing many canines in the ruff.
The 2021-22 data showed the biggest claims paid for dogs included $12,000 for a dog eating food and household items that they shouldn’t, while a $10,771 claim benefit was paid to the owner of a dog severely injured in an accident.
Claims for skin conditions topped the list of most common claims followed by dogs with stomach conditions and ear conditions.
Showing anything is paw-sible when you have a dog, there are some things that should not be in a doggy bag – some mischievous Bupa dogs have swallowed corn cobs, earphones, chocolate, socks and even a BBQ skewer, landing them on the vet’s bed.
PetSure vet advisor Dr Kylie Mitchell said all dog owners needed to be mindful of what was lying around the house or accessible to curious pups.
“Foods such as corn cobs can easily cause an intestinal obstruction, which can be fatal,” Dr Mitchell said.
“Dogs are naturally curious and many like to chew things they shouldn’t like socks, food, or food packaging.
“Common human foods like chocolate, items containing artificial sweeteners, or ingredients like onions are toxic for dogs and can result in death if enough is consumed.
“Regular checks of boundary fencing to prevent escapees can help avoid road accidents and dog fights. With storm season approaching, it’s particularly important to ensure pets are safely contained to avoid mishaps and escape during storms.”
Dr Mitchell also said pet owners needed to act quickly if they noticed their dogs scratching themselves.
“They may think a dog scratching is normal but it’s not,” Dr Mitchell said.
Being itchy is very uncomfortable so if a dog is scratching a lot, a trip to the vet for assistance is important.”
Bupa General Insurance General Manager Shannon Orbons said pet owners had increased peace of mind when it came to costs – especially for expensive treatments.
“We want the best for our members’ fur babies,” Dr Orbons said.
“Having pet insurance means it can help you be prepared for your pooch’s treatment if they get sick or injured, including chemotherapy for cancers and surgical implants for fractures,”
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