For some pet owners, 2020 proved to be even more stressful thanks to the mischievous antics of their furry friends, as revealed by Southern Cross Pet Insurance’s annual round-up of its weird and wonderful claims.
The list of pet insurance claims reveals dogs are more likely than cats to find themselves in tricky situations, and that even the most well-behaved pets can end up in stressful and costly mishaps.
Three poor pups had a bad shock when they were poisoned after eating things they shouldn’t have. One had eaten a pufferfish, another had played with an asthma inhaler and the third had eaten chives from the garden. Chives are in the Allium family which along with onions, garlic and leeks are poisonous to cats and dogs in higher doses. Luckily, after a swift visit to the vet, each pet made a full recovery.
Other unlucky dogs swallowed a rock, grass, sewing pins and socks, which all posed a danger to their health and required surgery to remove them. The most expensive claim paid was $15,000 for a dog that needed surgery after a sock got stuck in its bowel and caused complications.
Not to be outdone by all the dogs, a Bengal cat made the top 10 list by trying to defy gravity. The feline jumped out a window and landed on its owner’s palm tree – not once, but twice. Both times the cat had to get a palm spike removed from its paw, but the second time required surgery to extract it.
Southern Cross Pet Insurance General Manager Anthony McPhail said it can be scary for both owner and pet when an animal runs into trouble.
“These claims are a reminder that our beloved pets can end up in all manner of sticky situations, and to not underestimate how expensive vet bills can be. We hear many unusual stories from our customers about what their animals get up to and they are always grateful to have the peace of mind if their pets need medical treatment,” he said.
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