Common Ailments in Senior Dogs

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Common ailments in senior dogs can create added expenses to pet owners. Has your dog slowed down?
Senior dog, old dog

Common ailments in senior dogs can begin after age 5, when a dog is considered 36 years of age in people years. By the age of 10 dog years, a dog is considered to have aged 56 human years. After age 10, most dogs need extra support and care.

According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, among the leading insurers of nearly every type of pet including pet birds, the most commonly reports health issues include:

  • Arthritis
  • Under-active Thyroid
  • Tooth Infection
  • Ear Infection
  • Vomiting and upset stomach
  • Non-Cancerous skin mass
  • Urinary Tract Disease
  • Bladder Disease
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Infection

If you haven’t yet considered Pet Insurance, it’s a good time to check into it. Is your pet too old? Maybe not. Many of us who have medical insurance for our animals, swear by it. As a pet ages, it is guaranteed your Vet bills will become higher. And what if your dog, cat, bird or other animal companion gets a major illness such as Cancer? Most people are forced to make very hard decisions unless there is ample money available. Cancer treatment and major illnesses can cost thousands of dollars.

One woman reported paying $16,000 for her Shitzu’s Cancer because she did not have insurance. Most of us don’t have that kind of money sitting around for pet care.

Are there other Pet Insurance companies out there?

There are over a dozen good Pet Insurance Providers available now. This wasn’t the case even five years ago. If you’re a pet bird owner, Nationwide Pet Insurance is one of the only provider’s we’ve found.

Besides private companies which can be Googled, many of the large pet rescue organizations like ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) also offer plans. It pays for compare plans for Major Medical only vs. Medical with Preventive Care. It isn’t as expensive as you might think.

The infographic below shows some real-life examples of common coverages. It’s just a starting point because the coverages are vast for every animal.

Common Pet Insurance Coverages

Provided by Nationwide pet insurance

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Kate Wilder

Kate Wilder

Digital Marketer and Animal Advocate. Bird enthusiast & wildlife photographer. I write for pet blogs, develop websites and do all things marketing online.

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