Friday, January 8, 2010

Top Reason Pets Break Bones: Getting Hit by Car

I was doing some research on pets and breaking bones.  My big boy Bru dawg broke his leg back in 2007 and I was just curious on some things about it, but I found this article at Pet Product News International that I thought I would share with everyone!  Enjoy!
Being hit by a car is the most common way for a pet to break a bone, according to Brea, Calif.-based Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), which received more than 5,000 claims for fractures back in 2008.  About 40 percent of fractures resulted from accidents in which pets were hit by cars. 
The second and third most common causes were jumping and falling, respectively, making up collectively another 40 percent of fracture claims.  These claims most often involved pets jumping or falling from couches, beds or the laps of their owners. 
The remaining 20 percent of fracture claims included those in which pets ran into stationary objects, fought with other pets, got caught in a tight space or were unintentionally struck with moving objects. 
Breaks to the humerus, femur, radius, ulna and tibia made up most of the fracture claims back in 2008.  The most common treatment of these breaks, surgical implantation of an orthopedic plate, had an average submitted claim fee of $1,500.
"Broken bones are painful for pets and costly for pet owners," said Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical office for VPI.  "Injury prevention includes careful management of a pet's environment by removing possible threats and elimination situations that might put a pet at risk.  To prevent pet accidents or injuries caused by moving vehicles, pets should be kept on a leash at all times while away from home.  If a pet has a tendency to bolt out the door and into the street, the pet should be desensitized to open doors or restricted to a safe area by a fence or baby gate."


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