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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Releases Top Claims of 2017

By Colleen Williams
December 22, 2017 • 2 min. read
HPPI top claims

It’s no secret that veterinary bills can be very expensive and depending on the situation, pretty overwhelming. Sometimes pet parents will bypass their own needs just to pay for their furry family members. We at Healthy Paws Pet Insurance believe that no pet parent should have to make those hard choices when it comes to their dogs and cats. It’s our m.o., our mission, and the reason for our very existence!

After delving into the most common claims for 2017 for the Cost of Pet Health Care report, we discovered not just how much our pet parents spend at the vet’s office, but also the day-to-day reality and the stories behind the claims. Pet parents far and wide volunteered their cases to the report: from a Basset Hound suffering from glaucoma to a young kitty’s kidney disease. It was after going through these 200,000 claims, Healthy Paws then found the two highest claims for the 2017 calendar year.

They are as follows:

  • Most Expensive Claim for a Dog
  • The most expensive vet bill for a dog came from a 2-year-old female, mixed breed/medium-sized pup who was hit by a car. After surgery to stabilize her broken bones and internal bleeding, she also had her spleen removed as it was damaged in the accident. She was hospitalized and under vet care for 11 days. The total invoice was $26,009, and Healthy Paws reimbursed the pet parent $23,212 (pet parent’s reimbursement rate was 90% with a $250 deductible).
  • Most Expensive Claim for a Cat
  • The most expensive vet visit for a cat came from a 7-year-old male Egyptian Mau. The cat fell from a 5-story window, which caused broken bones as well as internal injuries. After a blood transfusion, Oxygen therapy, and surgery, the kitty was stable. His recovery process included a feeding tube, due to oral fractures, for 8 weeks. Healthy Paws reimbursed $24,292 of the $28,126 bill (pet parent’s reimbursement rate was 90% with a $500 deductible).

While these incidents are pretty extreme (but not that out of the ordinary!), there are many day-to-day accidents and illnesses that can send our pets to the vet, or the emergency room, throughout the year. For an in-depth look at other claims from the year, download the Cost of Pet Health Care 2017 report. You’ll find the treatments and diagnostics specific to the top ten conditions, as well as their overall associated costs. It may just send you on your way to getting a free quote!

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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