Veterinary Pet Insurance Announces Top 10 Puppy and Kitten Accidents Nation's Largest Pet Insurer Reveals Pet Accidents Can Happen at Any Age

BREA, Calif., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone who's ever brought home a new puppy or kitten knows the seemingly endless amounts of energy and curiosity that come with these furry additions to the family. Unfortunately, all of that playing, running, jumping, and sniffing around can sometimes lead to serious accidents. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently looked at its database of more than 480,000 insured pets to find the top ten accidental injuries suffered by dogs and cats during the first two years of their lives:

Top 10 Puppy Accident Claims

Top 10 Kitten Accident Claims

1.

Soft Tissue Trauma

1.

Soft Tissue Trauma

2.

Laceration or Bite Wound

2.

Laceration or Bite Wound

3.

Cruciate Ligament Injury

3.

Foreign Body Ingestion

4.

Sprain

4.

Abrasion

5.

Insect Bites and Stings

5.

Leg Fracture

6.

Abrasion

6.

Eye Trauma

7.

Torn Nail

7.

Sprain

8.

Eye Trauma

8.

Insect Bites and Stings

9.

Drug Toxicity

9.

Torn Nail

10.

Oral Cavity Trauma

10.

Skin Puncture



"Pet owners falsely assume that they don't need pet insurance because their pet is young and healthy," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "While younger pets are less susceptible to serious illnesses such as cancer, our data shows that pets of all ages can suffer costly accidental injuries. Pet insurance is designed to defray unexpected treatment costs – whenever they may occur. It's important for owners of puppies and kittens to keep in mind that just because their pets may be young, they're not indestructible."

In addition to the physical toll the above accidents can take on young dogs and cats, the financial costs can be draining. The top 10 puppy and kitten accidents cost VPI policyholders a combined $1.5 million and $91,371, respectively, in the past year. Although it can be difficult anticipating where and when a vigorous puppy or kitten might get into trouble, there are several steps owners can take to "baby-proof" their homes. Examples include clearing obstacles inside and out that an uncoordinated younger pet might collide with during playtime, removing items that can be mistaken for food from the floor and countertops, and keeping all medications tightly sealed and securely stored in drawers or medicine cabinets.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 480,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the nation's oldest and largest pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional Pet CareGuard(SM) for routine care is also available.

Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

SOURCE Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.



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