Insurance company analyzes cost of veterinary treatment vs. cost of prevention
Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) recently released the costs associated with popular preventive canine and feline conditions in 2012. Below is a cost analysis of the five most common ailments-average treatment and prevention costs are calculated per pet.
1. Dental diseases
2. Internal parasites
Examples: Heartworms transmitted by mosquitoes, Lyme disease transmitted by ticks and flea allergic dermatitis.
Average treatment cost: $180.67
Average prevention cost: $84.89
4. Infectious diseases
5. Reproductive organ diseases
Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI, suggests telling clients, "Similar to ensuring that all members of the family see their doctor regularly for wellness visits, it's just as important for pets. Taking preventive measures can avoid more serious and expensive medical conditions from arising down the road and helps keep our furry, four-legged family members on track for a long and healthy life."