Asda Money t/a Asda Financial Services Limited

May 01, 2013 01:00 ET

Asda Money Reveals the Common Health Complaints of the Five Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Asda Money reveals how the bond between a man and his dog can set pet owners back a staggering GBP 30,000(1) over a lifetime, as annual food, grooming and vet's bills mount up.

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - Research from the PDSA, the UK's leading veterinary charity, has revealed the top five expensive breeds by the number of dog insurance claims.

Asda Money looks at some of the most common health complaints of these dog breeds.

  1. Labrador Retriever

Labradors are prone to both hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, both of which can impair their mobility. Elbow dysplasia can cause lameness in the front legs as well as causing elbows to swell. Similarly hip dysplasia can also cause lameness in the hind legs as a result of an abnormality in the hip joints.

Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) of the shoulder can also lead to lameness and pain in the shoulder.

Atopic dermatitis (atopy) can cause skin infections as a result of chronic itchiness, leading dogs to scratch continually and damage their skin.

  1. Boxer

Boxers are susceptible to a number of different cancers which can act to lower their life expectancies. This breed is also prone to developing a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (heart disease), which requires long-term medication to control.

The Boxers short face mean they struggle to breathe properly, resulting in Brachycephalic airway syndrome, meaning that it can collapse or get out of breath a result of a lack of oxygen.

  1. Golden Retriever

Like the labrador retriever the golden retriever is prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and atopic dermatitis (atopy) and Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) of the shoulder.

  1. German Shepherd

German shepherds are susceptible to a number of types of cancerous tumours, particularly haemangioma and haemangiosarcoma.

This breed can also succumb to painful and persistent deep skin infections, as a result of a condition called Pyoderma, which needs long courses of treatment.

German shepherds are also prone to elbow dysplasia and atopic dermatitis (atopy), Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) of the shoulder and dilated cardiomyopathy.

  1. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels are prone to glaucoma, a condition which arises as a result of an increase in pressure in the eye, causing pain, and sometimes the loss of an eye if not treated.

Otitis externa is a chronic condition that leads to inflammation of the external ear canal, with the resulting ear discharge causing pain and discomfort for this breed.

With average annual vet bills coming in at £177,3 dog owners could make significant savings by taking out pet insurance.

However, it is important to consider that not all conditions will be covered by your pet insurer, including those that occurred before the start of a policy.

As a result it is important to check the terms and conditions of your policy carefully.

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About Asda Pet Insurance

  • 3 levels of pet insurance cover - Value, Standard and Superior
  • Pay monthly at no extra cost†
  • Pays up to £6,000 towards vet's bills for accident or illness with Superior cover pet insurance#
  • 10% discount when insuring 2 or more pets
  • Superior level cover 5 Star Defaqto rated

† 0% APR. Available to those aged 18 and over.

# Up to the sum insured. For continuous treatment payments must be up-to-date and your policy renewed. Superior cover only.

Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda Financial Services and Asda Stores Limited are introducer appointed representatives of BDML Connect Limited who arrange and administer the policy. This pet insurance is underwritten by an insurer selected by BDML Connect Ltd and full details will be provided at the time of purchase and within the policy documents. BDML Connect Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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