Keeping your pet healthy

Healthy Pet

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Pet Health

If you have a pet, it’s likely you consider them part of the family. And as the one responsible for their wellbeing, you’ll no doubt do your best to provide them with a high quality of life.

One way to protect your pet is by having pet insurance cover, which ensures they get appropriate care and treatment if they fall ill or are injured. Taking out cover can also help fund any expensive vet’s bills that come your way. Our pet insurance guide provides useful pointers on what’s included in a typical pet insurance policy, as well as how to get the right type of cover for your pet.

Most common illnesses suffered by dogs with poor health

Pets are prone to all manner of illnesses, and there is always the risk of an accident, so pet insurance is crucial. As with other forms of insurance, the cost of cover can be driven up if you make a large number of claims. So if your pet has an unhealthy lifestyle and has to visit the vet more often, the premiums could increase, especially if your claims are considered ‘lifestyle’ related.

There are a number of common ailments suffered by dogs in particular that can be considered lifestyle illnesses, arising from poor diet or lack of exercise.

These lifestyle ailments range in severity both in terms of their effect on your dog’s health and also on how much you might have to pay in vet’s bills. The average claim for a common lifestyle illness such as diabetes is £280.39*.

One of the most expensive vet’s bills for a lifestyle-related illness is a stomach upset, which can cost on average a whopping £408.10, while viral infections can cost £332.05 on average.

Average claim for all ‘lifestyle’ conditions=£291.86

Most common dog ‘lifestyle’ illnesses

There are a number of common ailments suffered by dogs in particular that can be considered lifestyle illnesses, arising from poor diet or lack of exercise.

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Most unhealthy breeds

Highest claims frequency (4Paws Pet Insurance), average premium (MSM data)

Basset Hound
£400.23
Boxer
£486.00
Bulldog
£574.57
Dobermann
£503.07
Dogue De Bordeaux
£634.77
English Bull Terrier
£416.94
Greyhound
£305.81
Rhodesian Ridgeback
£444.19
Weimaraner
£439.36
West Highland White Terrier
£268.92

Tips for keeping your pet healthy

While every pet has different health needs and requirements, we’ve identified five top tips for a healthy pet

  1. Provide your pet with a nutritional diet. Feeding your pet a healthy, nutritional and balanced diet will boost its overall health and fitness
  2. Keep on top of health checks and vaccinations. You can keep many ailments at bay by having your pet regularly checked out by the vet.
  3. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. Exercise is essential for all pets. Activity lets them interact with you and with other animals, which boosts their physical and mental wellbeing
  4. Tune into your pet’s emotional needs. Your pet can’t tell you when it is unwell, so look for signs of listlessness, aggression, loss of appetite and other changes in behaviour.
  5. If in doubt, consult your vet. If you think your pet is poorly, it’s better to be safe than sorry and take it to the vet for an examination.

Cat and dog trackers

Pet ‘trackers’ are growing in popularity with pet owners. They let you know where you pet is at any given moment, and provide a way to monitor their activity levels.

These trackers are available for both cats and dogs and the functionality can vary significantly, ranging from a simple pedometer to more advanced options with app integration and GPS capabilities. The very top-end trackers even allow you to communicate with your pet when you’re away.

Looking for Pet Insurance?

Pets are prone to all manner of illnesses, and there is always the risk of an accident, so pet insurance is crucial

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* source 4Paws Pet Insurance, data based on quotes 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2016

** source MoneySuperMaket quote data 1st December 2016 – 31st December 2016

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