According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), dog and cat owners spend much more money fixing problems in their pet’s mouth than they do preventing them.
According to dvm360:
VPI policyholders spent more than $4.6 million in 2010 on fixing dental conditions, compared to $1.9 million for preventative care, the company reports. Dental conditions are the 10th most common type of claim submitted, the company adds.
The average insurance claim for a dental cleaning in 2010 was $180, while the average cost to fix a dental problem was $230.
Periodontal disease in pets was the number one reason for claims in 2010, and abscesses were number two.