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Preventing Dental Disease in Pets

Smiling Pet DogAccording 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.

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