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The Most Expensive Medical Mishaps Dogs Face in Parks

  • Average cost for head trauma is $591, Nationwide insurer says
  • Bright red tongues, thick drooling saliva point to overheating

Head trauma is the most costly medical mishap to treat for pets hurt at dog parks, according to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

The average expense is $591 for such an injury, which can occur when a dog crashes into an object or another pet, the Columbus, Ohio-based insurer said Wednesday in a statement. That compares with $361 for the category of lacerations or bite wounds, and $143 for insect bites. Hypothermia or heat stroke costs $579.