Due to advances in healthcare, pets are living longer. That is the good news.
The bad news is that the longer your pet lives, the greater risk there is of developing a disease like cancer. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age.
Thankfully, many cancer treatments used in humans are now available for pets. These treatments are very costly though. No one wants to have to make THAT decision when they are faced with the prospect of enormous veterinary bills that they can’t afford.
Now pet parents don’t have to make a sudden decision like that. There are several pet insurance companies that will cover a large portion of the cost of treating your dog’s cancer. While pet insurance does cost a monthly fee, it saves you from unexpectedly being saddled with a 10,000 vet bill.
Trupanion Pet Insurance looked into their database of insured pets who developed cancer to help identify some trends. The company paid over $1 million in cancer-related claims, with the majority of the funds going toward dogs over five years old.
Trupanion found that the top 10 breeds they help treat for cancer are:
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Great Dane
- Golden Retriever
- American Pit bull Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- Jack Russell Terrier
There are several factors besides breed that affect your pet’s chance of getting cancer. Environmental factors and inherited genetics also play a role. The reality is that any pet can develop cancer.
Having insurance that will cover your pet when they most need it is a very comforting. If your pet develops cancer, or some other disease, having insurance allows you to focus on making the best treatment decision for them. There are many pet insurance companies to choose from, so be sure to do your homework (and read the fine print).