Explore commonly claimed conditions by breed



Condition statistic and average annual cost based on Trupanion claim data.

How to interpret this graph:

  • This interactive graph, showing trends in breed health and associated costs over the lifetime of a pet, is from a large database of more than 1.6 million claims.
  • Under “Body Location” you’ll find specific common conditions.
  • The size of the color plots in the graph indicates the cost of care to treat that condition. You can see this increase, decrease, or stay the same over the different life stages.
  • Puppy, adult, and senior life stages are represented at the bottom of the graph.
  • If there is no color plot, we do not have sufficient data to show a trend.

How to use this interactive graph:

  • Step 1: Select a breed from the dropdown.
  • Step 2: Hover your mouse over a body location, like “Coat & Skin,” to see the common conditions associated with that breed in that body location.
    • You’ll notice the conditions change by breed. For example, a boxer’s coat and skin is different than an Australian shepherd’s.
  • Step 3: Hover your mouse over the color plots in the graph to see how likely that breed is to claim for a condition in that body location compared to the average dog. The size and shape of the color plots shows how cost fluctuates for the conditions in that body location over the life of the pet.
    • You’ll notice the data changes as you move your mouse from puppy to senior, or horizontally across the graph.

Data callouts:

  • Boston terriers are five times as likely as the average dog to experience a corneal ulcer in their adult years and 3.5 times as likely as the average dog to claim for mast cell neoplasm as a senior.
  • Goldendoodles are 35% more likely than the average dog to experience otitis as a puppy.
  • Dachshunds are five times as likely to claim for intervertebral disc prolapse as the average dog, with an average cost ranging from $4,700 to $6,100.
  • As a puppy, English bulldogs are 10 times more likely than the average dog to present with cherry eye, with an average cost ranging from $700 to $1,100.
  • German shepherds are 8.5 times more likely than the average dog to claim for gastric dilation-volvulus-torsion syndrome in their senior years, averaging $3,900 to $5,100 to treat.

How can you use this data?

Do your clients know their pet’s inherent health risks? As their trusted advisor, pet owners look to you for insights and information on how to keep their pets healthy and happy. To support you in your efforts to educate clients, we created a Commonly Claimed Condition booklet for you to download, print, and place in your exam rooms to help start the conversation and:

  • Set expectations with clients to better understand the potential expected costs of care over the lifetime of their furry loved one.
  • Provide customized consultations to help reinforce what pet owners can expect with regards to cost of care.
  • Get better outcomes by helping pet owners know what to look for and at what ages so they can identify early signs of an otherwise unexpected condition.
  • Further build trust with your clients knowing you’re backed by the most current claim data available.

This booklet contains the 16 breeds included in the graph above in a clear and easy to understand format. Help your pet owners be better prepared for the cost of care over the lifetime of their pet by educating them on the most common conditions affecting their breed.