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Breed Characteristics to Share with Clients

By: Steve Weinrauch, Chief Veterinary Officer

In February we released a report on the frequency and average annual cost of various conditions in Shih Tzus, Labradoodles, Boxers and Havanese. By utilizing our database of claims we were able to provide insight into specific breed characteristics that we encourage you to share with your clients.

This month, we’re bringing you intriguing data about even more breeds. When clients with Golden Retrievers, Pugs, Maltese, and Boston Terriers enter your practice, make sure to remind them about conditions that their pets may encounter. 

Breed Claim Annual Cost
Golden Retriever 3.4x more likely to claim Hip Dysplasia than the average dog between 0-1 years of age. $1,900.00
3.7x more likely to claim Lymphoma than the average dog between 8-10 years of age. $5,100.00
2.7x more likely to claim Osteosarcoma than the average dog over 10 years of age. $5,000.00
Pug 2.3x more likely to claim Medial Patellar Luxation than the average dog between 2-4 years of age. $1,600.00
3.4x more likely to claim Mast Cell Neoplasm than the average dog between 5-7 years of age. $1,800.00
3.5x more likely to claim Intervertebral Disc Disorder than the average dog over 10 years of age. $2,300.00
Maltese 50.4x more likely to claim Chiari-malformation than the average dog between 8-10 years of age. $9,100.00
4.3x more likely to claim Congestive Heart Failure than the average dog between 8-10 years of age. $1,800.00
15.2x more likely to claim Mitral Valve Dysplasia than the average dog over 10 years of age. $800.00
Boston Terrier 3.6x more likely to claim a Fracture than the average dog between 5-7 years of age. $2,400.00
8.5x more likely to claim Cataracts than the average dog between 8-10 years of age. $2,300.00
3.6x more likely to claim Seizure than the average dog over 10 years of age. $1,700.00

While pet owners may budget for the cost of annual vet exams, many don’t anticipate the likelihood that their animal will have an expensive chronic condition in their life. Trupanion is here to help with those unexpected costs. When pet owners bring in their healthy Pug or Maltese puppies, remember how our certificate program is here to help them grow into happy adult dogs and provide peace of mind along the way.


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Underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company (USA) and Omega General Insurance Company (Canada)

The information within this newsletter contains content that is current as of the publication date. Any information herein may have changed since the publication date. If you have questions, please contact VeterinaryUpdate@trupanion.com


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