I remember a long time ago, my beloved cat Puff swallowed a needle which I had no idea about. I wasn’t sure how it had happened or why it had taken me so long to figure out what was wrong, but surgery followed and it was kinda scary for me. Pet accidents happen and as much as we try to keep them all safe, sometimes things just happen.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), a leading pet insurance company, went through their database of more than 500,000 insured pets and found that their policyholders spent more than $37 million treating medical conditions related to pet accidents. ”While skin allergies, ear infections, vomiting and bladder infections are among the most common claims processed by VPI each year, conditions caused by pet accidents also contribute to a sizeable percentage of the claims we receive,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Although many pet accidents cannot be prevented, there are some steps that pet owners can take to decrease the risk of exposure or lessen the impact that their pet will have a serious medical condition as a result of an accidental injury. Some conditions we receive can be avoided altogether by taking precaution to remove a pet’s exposure to potential health hazards.”
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!