American dog bite insurance claims rose to $686 million in 2017

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The country saw a 2.2 percent increase in the cost of these claims, said the Insurance Information Institute. The Insurance Information Institute has released its latest U.S. dog bite insurance claims data. The report showed a 2.2 percent increase in the total cost of claims nationwide last year. Claims values themselves increased by a considerable amount in 2017 when compared to 2016. Dog bite insurance claims values rose to over $686 million in 2017. This paid for the year’s 18,552 claims. The average cost per single dog bite claim rose…

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Cat and dog obesity rate rises for seventh consecutive year

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As pets become increasingly overweight, insurance claims connected to excess weight keep climbing. Among humans, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is weight loss, but the new cat and dog obesity rates should likely have pet owners doing the same for their furry family members. For the seventh straight year, the obesity rates among our most beloved pets are on the rise. Cat and dog obesity isn’t just a matter of the way they look. As is the case with people, obesity places them at risk of a…

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Pet insurance companies remind animal owners to avoid a scary Halloween

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While tonight is a great time for fun frights, it is also important to keep dogs and cats safe. Halloween is a very fun time of year, filled with the best of our scary sides, but at the same time, many pet insurance companies have reported that it is among the most dangerous days for animals such as dogs and cats. There are many different hazards to the health of animals on Halloween, so take care to be pet friendly. According to the National Retail Foundation, there was $330 million…

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Pet insurance companies warn about this treacherous time of year for animals

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Insurers caution against the large number of hazards holiday celebrations present to dogs and cats. Although the holiday season can be lots of fun to share with the entire family – including furry family members – pet insurance companies are reminding owners that this time of year can be filled with hazards for animals. Claims during the holidays are far higher than the average for the rest of the year. One important reminder is that the hazards don’t simply disappear following Christmas. The treats and decorations are still around after…

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Pet insurance claims are common around Halloween

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This celebration can cause a large exposure to hazards for animals. Though Halloween can be a wonderfully fun and exciting time of the year, some of the elements that make it an enjoyable celebration can present significant risks to the health of an animal, leading to some of the largest numbers of pet insurance claims. One insurer reported that claims related to candy were 245 percent higher during that week last year. Statistics from Petplan pet insurance showed that claims related to candy skyrocketed during the week surrounding Halloween, and…

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Pet insurance can save your dog’s life, but so can prevention

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Just because your animal is insured, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t lower your risk. Dogs bring a tremendous amount of joy to the lives of their families, and this companionship is worth everything to some people, which is why pet insurance can help them to make sure that they will never need to choose between their animal’s life and their financial wellbeing. However, coverage is no excuse for avoiding certain precautions that can avoid a claim. It is a good feeling to know that if you have to make…

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Pet insurance tips to help keep animals safe and healthy in the summer

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Summertime heat can be lots of fun, but special care needs to be taken to avoid hazards. As the summer brings its expected heat waves, pet insurance companies remind owners that while this can mean lots of fun in the sun, there are potential hazards connected with the hot weather, too, and care must be taken to prevent health problems. It’s lots of fun to bring a dog to the beach or go for a walk, but remember that they can overheat. High temperatures and not enough water can lead…

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Pet insurance company releases strangest summertime claims info

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Pets Best identifies weirdest filings of the season. Every few months, the oddest pet insurance claims are identified by Pets Best, by its president and founder, Dr. Jack Stephens, who is as also a practicing veterinarian. The most recent summertime examples have now been released by the insurer. According to Dr. Stephens, “The accidents and dangers pets encounter never cease to amaze me.” He added that “We want pet owners to remember that as the weather warms and they’re spending more time outside, they should be extra cautious.” The pet…

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Veterinarians aren’t to blame for the increase in pet insurance claims

Veterinary bills in the United Kingdom are on the rise every year, but this does not necessarily mean that animal care professionals are making a bigger profit from offering the same services that they have always provided, nor can the claim be made that they are charging more money to clients who have insurance. The reason for this is that pet insurance is not a new product. In the U.K., it has existed since shortly after the end of World War II. The only element that is new is that…

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Veterinary Pet Insurance sponsors contest for oddest claim

Veterinary Pet Insurance is sponsoring a competition that allows the public to vote online on the insurer’s website on the oddest pet insurance claims. The winner of the contest obtains the VPI Hambone Award, which will be awarded on September 21, 2011. The annual award received its name from the scenario presented by its first winner, which was a dog that had been trapped inside a refrigerator and who ate a full Thanksgiving ham twhile it was there. Other past winners of the VIP Hambone Award have included a Labrador…

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