Fetch Forward data shows that anxiety-related claims for dogs decreased by 67% and have remained low since the onset of the pandemic.
This is great news! But, during this same time period, the average number of claims related to behavioral disorders increased dramatically by 408%.
Dr. Ruple, licensed veterinarian, veterinary epidemiologist, and Fetch Vet Advisory Board Chair, notes that this could indicate that our companion dogs who experience anxiety greatly benefited from our increased presence in their lives during the pandemic. However, it might also mean that we became more aware of problematic behaviors our dogs were engaging in because we were able to observe them throughout the day.
Signs you should look out for when it comes to your pet’s mental health:
Ways to treat anxiety/behavioral issues at home (and how to know when it’s time to bring your dog to a veterinarian):
Anxiety and behavioral disorders by the numbers:
While anxiety-related claims have decreased dramatically, pet parents still spent a significant amount to treat them. Those with Mixed Breed, medium-sized dogs, spent the most amount of money per year treating their pets for anxiety, an average of $458, with some paying as much as $4,787 for anxiety related costs. And average claims per year increased as dogs got older.
For all breeds, the average cost of claims related to behavioral disorders is $448 per year, with some pet parents paying as much as $4,686 to treat them.
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These insights are powered by our ground-breaking, patent-pending Fetch Forward technology. Using Fetch Forward data, we’re able to predict health and disease outcomes with such high confidence that we’re able to provide recommendations to help you ensure that your dog will live a happier and healthier life. Fetch Forward is the place where veterinary care, artificial intelligence and clinical health data (from over half a million dogs) work together to improve the quality of our pets’ lives. We’re proud to take this revolutionary leap forward in pet health.