Rubber bands and cats: Natural enemies you never suspected.
Dog and cat owners will spend $15.25 billion on vet care in 2014, according to American Pet Products Association (APPA) estimates. That’s up 6% over last year.
How does that add up, you ask? PetFirst dog and cat insurance provider crunched the numbers to see the highest cost procedures at the veterinarian’s office. The company analyzed policyholder claims from 2013 and found the average vet cost for common dog and cat health concerns.
Check out the Top 10 dog and cat illness or injury vet care costs:
• Foreign body ingestion $1,286
• Pneumonia $960
• Parvovirus $911
• Chemical ingestion $702
• Tooth abscess $431
• Sinus infection $395
• Gastritis $385
• Urinary tract infection $295
• Sprain $267
• Laceration $227
• Ear infection $149
Vet prices have nearly doubled over the past 10 years in the United States. Dog and cat parents spent $8.3 billion in 2004 and $14.37 billion in 2013.
Dogs or cats who eat the inedible (foreign body ingestion), such as rubber bands, are frequent guests at the vet’s office, mostly accompanied by new pet parents. It usually racks up around $1,300 per visit, ending the honeymoon period with your new cat quickly.
Company reps say they’ve seen claims for pets eating string, rocks, feminine hygiene products, clothes, coins and even razorblades. Says one: “You name it, a pet has most likely eaten it.”
Would you consider cat insurance to help with these costs?