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Claim of Fame: The Most Expensive Incidents of 2018

By Colleen Williams
October 24, 2018 • 2 min. read
A dog and cat

Just how costly can vet care get? Healthy Paws pet parents submitted claims totaling more than $173 million last year, but two cases, in particular, stood out from the crowd. Here are the two highest vet bills we’ve seen this year: the highest one for kitties and ditto for pups. (Not to worry – both had a happy ending!)

Lupa’s Tetanus Diagnosis

Lupa, a German Shepherd dog

German Shepherd Lupa was brought to the ER with clinical signs of tetanus toxin exposure – difficulty swallowing and progressive stiffness throughout her body – so the vets ran diagnostics as well as a neurological evaluation which confirmed this diagnosis. Over the next month, Lupa was hospitalized for two weeks, needed an urgent tracheostomy to help with her breathing and consistent fluids via Intravenous catheter because her tongue would not function normally. She’s had multiple follow-ups and was released with a recommendation for hydrotherapy to help recuperate from the effects of the toxin. The good news? She’s shown steady improvement ever since!

  • Total Claims $52,021
  • Reimbursed $46,569

(Read more about Lupa here.)

Simba’s Fall from a Window

Simba the cat

The most expensive vet visit for a cat came from a beautiful 7-year-old male Egyptian Mau named Simba. After a fall from a 5-story window, Simba had broken bones – his shoulders, jaw, and feet – as well as internal injuries. After a blood transfusion and surgery, he was stable, but the road to recovery was going to be tough! His recuperation process included lots of rest and a feeding tube due to the oral fractures, and he wasn’t expected to fully bounce back for 6 to 8 weeks. He has since healed, and is back to simply watching the world go by the window, rather than falling out of it!

  • Total Claims: $28,126
  • Reimbursed: $24,782

From the initial diagnosis to ongoing therapy, vet bills can add up (and in these cases, exponentially!). By enrolling in pet health insurance, you can be reimbursed up to 90% on those accident and illness vet bills that can come – seemingly – out of nowhere. Start by getting a free quote, and find the most common conditions why pets see the vet in our Cost of Pet Health Care 2018 report.

The claim scenarios described here are intended to show the types of situations that may result in claims. These scenarios should not be compared to any other claim. Whether or to what extent a particular loss is covered depends on the facts and circumstances of the loss, the terms and conditions of the policy as issued and applicable law.

Insured people providing testimonials in this report have not received compensation for their statements.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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