Interactive Graph: Top Drivers of Veterinary Cost by Dog Breed and Age - The Trupanion Blog
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Interactive Graph: Top Drivers of Veterinary Cost by Dog Breed and Age

What does a dog’s life look like?

Likely something along the lines of belly rubs, playing with toys, long walks, regular visits to the veterinarian, and sleeping peacefully beside human companions. Throw in the odd eating-something-they-shouldn’t and you have a pretty good depiction.

That’s one way—in fact, our favorite way—to look at a dog’s life. But there are more layers. What does a dog’s life look like financially? What about medically? You’re the expert there, but with our claim data, we can help.

Claim data tells a story.

Trupanion has an entire team dedicated to analyzing and understanding our claim data. They’re bright, passionate, and endlessly curious. As they dig into two decades of claim data, they see trends, patterns, and stories. This information can help veterinarians put specific numbers to experienced hunches and hard evidence behind trusted recommendations.

As part of this effort, they created this interactive graph that shows the top drivers of veterinary cost by age for various dog breeds. Here’s how it works:

  • Select a breed from the drop-down.
  • Hover over the body location to see commonly claimed conditions for the breed.
  • Hover over the color plots to see the breed’s likelihood of claiming for a condition in that body location.
  • The size and shape of the color plots indicate the change in average costs for conditions in that body location over the breed’s lifetime.

Let’s look at an example.

How about a dachshund, the longest of doggos.

1. Select “Dachshund” from the drop-down.

2. Hover over the body location to see a dachshund’s commonly claimed conditions.

Within the musculoskeletal system, we aren’t terribly surprised to find the most commonly claimed conditions are intervertebral disc disorder, back pain, and lameness and limping.

3. Hover over the color plots to see a dachshund’s likelihood of claiming for a condition in that body location.

As a puppy, they’re 30% less likely than the average dog to claim for conditions of the musculoskeletal system. In adulthood, that changes to 5% more likely than the average dog. And finally, as a senior, they’re 20% less likely than the average dog.

4. The size and shape of the color plots indicate the change in average costs for conditions in that body location over a dachshund’s lifetime.

In the musculoskeletal system, associated conditions are significantly more expensive in adulthood than they are when dachshunds are puppies, and then it goes down again in cost when a dachshund reaches their senior years.

Wait, what about cats?

We love cats, but unfortunately, we don’t yet have enough data to reliably show claim trends for specific cat breeds. Until we do, we have general cat data that we’re more than happy to share!

Love the graph but want something tangible?

We have just the thing! In addition to the interactive graph, we have individual breed sheets that you can download and print here! These have the same information as the graph and are assets you can keep in exam rooms.

We’re constantly adding breeds to the graph and printable collection, so check back often and let us know if you have specific breeds you’d like to see by taking our poll or emailing us at [email protected]!

Underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company in the United States and Omega General Insurance Company in Canada.

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