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

Asda Money Reveals the Common Health Complaints of the Five Most Expensive Dog 
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) -- 05/01/13 -- 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. 

2.  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. 

3.  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. 

4.  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. 

5.  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 GBP 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. 
Notes to Editors 

1.  Good Housekeeping research:

About Asda Pet Insurance 

--  3 levels of pet insurance cover - Value, Standard and Superior 
--  Pay monthly at no extra cost+ 
--  Pays up to GBP 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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