Brea, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016) - Leap Year may only come once every four years, but our pets are not averse to taking a “leap” when we least expect it. In honor of the quadrennial holiday on February 29, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, features perilous pups and courageous cats that took a leap of faith and lived to bark or purr about it.
From a super hero impersonating cat in Florida, to an overanxious traveling Husky in New Jersey, the Nationwide database of more than 550,000 insured pets reveals several harrowing leaps:
Last year, soft tissue trauma was the most common injury related to leaping accidents among Nationwide insured pets with more than 20,000 individual cases, and carried an average cost of $230 for treatment. Sprains were the second most common injury with more than 4,000 individual cases and an average cost of $186 to treat.
“Many times our pets become too excited and jump from heights without realizing the danger,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. “If your pets fall from a high distance, you should take them to a veterinarian immediately, even if they don’t show signs of pain. They may be instinctively hiding an injury, leaving you unaware of the damage they have caused.”
One final conclusion worth leaping to: among Nationwide’s database of insured pets, one species reigns supreme as the Leap Year champion is the Sugar Glider, a small gliding possum that leaps and can subsequently glide the length of a football field. Nationwide is the only pet insurance company in the United States that insures these leaping legends.
*All pets highlighted above have made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible medical expenses.
With more than 550,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.
Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.
Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2016 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com
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