Top 10 Pet Surgeries

Pet Owners Pay a Hefty Price for Treatment

Veterinarian holds cat

There’s a possibility that during your pet’s lifetime surgery may be recommended to treat a medical condition.

So, it doesn’t hurt to know what the most common medical conditions requiring surgery are, and how much you might pay for treatment.

Nationwide pet insurance compared policyholder claims filed by dog and cat owners in 2015 to determine the most common medical conditions requiring surgery and how much, on average, surgical treatments cost nationwide.

Veterinary Surgery Claims Cost Millions

Would it surprise you to learn that Nationwide pet insurance policyholders spent nearly $37 million on the 10 most common health conditions requiring surgery for dogs and cats?

In fact, 1 in 20 Nationwide pet insurance-insured dogs and cats required surgical treatment for these conditions. Nationwide pet insurance examined its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat surgery claims submitted to the company last year. Following are the results:

Top 10 Canine Conditions Average
Vet Cost
Top 10 Feline Conditions Average
Vet Cost
1. Benign Skin Mass $552 1. Tooth Extraction $529
2. Tooth Extraction $527 2. Skin Abscess, Inflammation,
or Pressure Ulcer
3.  Skin Abscess, Inflammation,
or Pressure Ulcer
$226 3. Benign Skin Mass $526
4. Cruciate (ACL) Rupture $3118 4. Cancer of the Small Intestine
5. Malignant Skin Mass $1915

5. Cancer of the Liver

6. Cancer of the Spleen $2404 6. Malignant Skin Mass $1656
7. Cancer of the Eyelid $531 7. Bladder Stones  $1631
8. Cancer of the Liver
$1662 8. Cancer of the Peritoneum
9. Bladder Stones
$1589 9. Cancer of the Spleen
10. Corneal Ulcer $802 10. Cancer of the Nasal Cavity $2862

Nationwide pet insurance received 25,642 policyholder claims for benign skin mass, the most common surgical claim for dogs. Number 10, corneal ulcer, received 1,394 policyholder claims nationwide. For cats, there were 1,824 claims filed for the No. 1 condition requiring surgery on the list, tooth extraction, while policyholders filed 85 claims (cancer of the nasal cavity).

Pros and Cons for Pet Owners

Veterinarian performs surgery

Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide pet insurance, understands that surgical treatment for pets presents pros and cons for pet owners.

“Veterinary medicine has made considerable advancements in recent years, providing pet owners surgical options that weren’t available to them even five years ago,” says Dr. McConnell.

“While this is certainly good news, pet owners are often unaware of the cost of these surgeries. Surgical claims are typically some of the most expensive received at Nationwide pet insurance, with the average claim routinely costing thousands of dollars. It’s not only important for pet owners to realize the surgical choices open to them but to take steps to be financially prepared should their pet require surgery.”

While pet insurance can defray a portion of your veterinary expenses, it’s important to note that the top 10 surgical costs listed are a national average for each condition. Reimbursement amounts for these eligible expenses will also vary based on the pet insurance policy under which your pet is enrolled. Interested in learning more about pet insurance policies? To get started, read more about plans and coverage or visit the quick quote center.

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