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Cost of
Pet Health Care: 2018

Find out the Top 10 ailments for
dogs and cats along with symptoms,
treatments and costs.


Cost of Pet Health Care: 2018

Find out the Top 10 ailments for dogs and cats along with symptoms, treatments and costs.


What is the True Cost of Pet Health Care?

It's no lie that vet bills can get expensive. While there are many advanced treatment options available that help our pets live longer, healthier lives, it comes with a corresponding price tag. With one in three pets needing urgent care this year, pet parents can see well over $1,000 in emergency vet bills at a single visit.1


How Much Are We Spending at the Vet?

$17.1 billion: Pet parent vet expenses 2017
$18.3 billion: Estimated pet parent vet expenses 2018

Source: The American Pet Parents Association (APPA)


Unfortunately, many pet parents are not prepared to shoulder the financial burden, and this is where pet insurance can help.

To find out just how costly vet care actually is, we dove deep into 500,000+ claims filed from June 2017 to June 2018 and identified the top 10 accidents and illnesses for both cats and dogs. We've loaded our report with recognizable symptoms, case stories, treatments, and most importantly, how much pet parents can expect to spend for the latest and greatest treatment.




Top 10 Conditions in Dogs and Cats

Smiling Golden Retriever with Healthy Paws Dog Insurance

Top Accidents & Illnesses for Dogs:
Grey Maine Coon with Healthy Paws Cat Insurance

Top Accidents & Illnesses for Cats:

Based on accidents and illness data.



Claim of Fame:
The Year's Most Expensive Incidents


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 most expensive claims from last year.

Lupa the German Shepherd


Lupa, German Shepherd

When Lupa had telltale stiffness throughout her body, vets diagnosed her with tetanus toxin exposure. She stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks, surviving complications, and now goes through hydrotherapy to regain mobility.

Total Vet Cost

$52,021

Healthy Paws Paid2

$46,569

Simba the Egyptian Mau


Simba, Egyptian Mau

Simba fell from a 5-story window and broke multiple bones and sustained internal injuries. After hospitalization and surgery, Simba recovered over 8 weeks of rest.

Total Vet Cost

$28,126

Healthy Paws Paid3

$24,292


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What's Covered in the Report

The Cost of Pet Health Care report discusses why vet care can get expensive and covers the top 10 reasons for dogs and cats to visit the vet as well as the associated costs. Specifically, it includes:

  • Symptoms for each condition so you know what to look for
  • Various treatment options and its corresponding cost
  • Tips on prevention - if possible
  • Real case studies from Healthy Paws customers


About Healthy Paws

Healthy Paws understands pet parents because we are pet parents; we know how devoted you are to the health and well-being of your furry family members.

Healthy Paws offers comprehensive accident and illness coverage - so you can focus on your pet's care without worrying about the bill. Plus, with every free quote for dog or cat insurance, Healthy Paws makes a donation towards a homeless pet's medical care through the Healthy Paws Foundation. And it doesn't stop there - we also fund pet hospitals, rescues and food pantries across the nation.

Healthy Paws is one of the leading pet insurance providers in the U.S. for dogs and cats and ranked #1 by customers on leading review websites. To read our reviews from real customers, visit ConsumersAdvocate.org, CanineJournal.com, and PetInsuranceQuotes.com.

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View the 2017 and the 2016 report.

  • 1 APPA
  • 2 Healthy Paws claims made for incidents occurring between June 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018. Reimbursement based on covered treatments using a 90% reimbursement level and a $250 annual deductible.
  • 3 Healthy Paws claims made for incidents occurring between June 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018. Reimbursement based on covered treatments using a 90% reimbursement level and a $500 annual deductible.

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