Average treatment costs for cats and dogs

Your pet might be young and healthy, but it's always good to be prepared. It’s important to know how much you could expect to pay should an accident happen or illness strike.

Pet insurance might be worth considering if you're concerned about vet fees. To help you select a vet fee limit that is right for you, we have provided a range of treatment costs for some of the most common conditions. We have included both the average treatment costs and the 10% most expensive costs for each condition to help show how vet bills can vary. To make this information more specific to your pet we have grouped the dogs in sizes showing approximate weight and have separate costs for cats.

    Cats

    Accidents

    Average

    10% most expensive

    Accidents

      £644

        £1,567

          Short-terms Illness

          Short-terms Illness

          Average

          10% most expensive

          Vomiting

            £590

              £1,770

                Weight loss

                  £587

                    £1,751

                      Respiratory condition

                        £726

                          £2,269

                            Loss of appetite

                              £577

                                £1,669

                                  Lethargy

                                    £546

                                      £1,833

                                        Ongoing Treatment

                                        Ongoing Treatment

                                        Average

                                        10% most expensive

                                        Lameness

                                          £802

                                            £3,332

                                              Arthritis/DJD

                                                £594

                                                  £1,761

                                                    Skin allergy

                                                      £701

                                                        £1,905

                                                          Tumour

                                                            £942

                                                              £2,730

                                                                Cruciate rupture

                                                                  £2,184

                                                                    £4,383

                                                                      Source: all treatment costs paid in 2018 for policies underwritten by RSA, including Tesco's Bank
                                                                      Costs can vary from practice to practice as well as by breed, age and size of pet. This can affect the amount you may need to claim for any particular illness or condition. Some of the information shows the costs of common symptoms that our customer claims for - these could develop into ongoing illnesses in some instances.

                                                                      SMALL DOG (UNDER 10KG) e.g. CHIHUAHUA

                                                                      Accidents

                                                                      Average

                                                                      10% most expensive

                                                                      Accidents

                                                                        £596

                                                                          £1,399

                                                                            Short-terms Illness

                                                                            Short-terms Illness

                                                                            Average

                                                                            10% most expensive

                                                                            Gastro-enteritis

                                                                              £673

                                                                                £1,636

                                                                                  Vomiting

                                                                                    £614

                                                                                      £2,035

                                                                                        Vomiting and diarrhoea

                                                                                          £606

                                                                                            £1,559

                                                                                              Lump

                                                                                                £529

                                                                                                  £997

                                                                                                    Diarrhoea

                                                                                                      £478

                                                                                                        £1,378

                                                                                                          Ongoing Treatment

                                                                                                          Ongoing Treatment

                                                                                                          Average

                                                                                                          10% most expensive

                                                                                                          Lameness

                                                                                                            £713

                                                                                                              £3,190

                                                                                                                Skin allergy

                                                                                                                  £554

                                                                                                                    £1,506

                                                                                                                      Cruciate rupture

                                                                                                                        £1,908

                                                                                                                          £4,102

                                                                                                                            Skin condition

                                                                                                                              £483

                                                                                                                                £1,538

                                                                                                                                  Cushings disease

                                                                                                                                    £1,101

                                                                                                                                      £2,422

                                                                                                                                        MEDIUM DOG (10- 20KG) e.g. BEAGLE

                                                                                                                                        Accidents

                                                                                                                                        Average

                                                                                                                                        10% most expensive

                                                                                                                                        Accidents

                                                                                                                                          £629

                                                                                                                                            £1,451

                                                                                                                                              Short-terms Illness

                                                                                                                                              Short-terms Illness

                                                                                                                                              Average

                                                                                                                                              10% most expensive

                                                                                                                                              Lump

                                                                                                                                                £594

                                                                                                                                                  £1,244

                                                                                                                                                    Gastro-enteritis

                                                                                                                                                      £666

                                                                                                                                                        £1,745

                                                                                                                                                          Vomiting

                                                                                                                                                            £638

                                                                                                                                                              £2,015

                                                                                                                                                                Lump

                                                                                                                                                                  £1,369

                                                                                                                                                                    £3,402

                                                                                                                                                                      Diarrhoea

                                                                                                                                                                        £508

                                                                                                                                                                          £1,653

                                                                                                                                                                            Ongoing Treatment

                                                                                                                                                                            Ongoing Treatment

                                                                                                                                                                            Average

                                                                                                                                                                            10% most expensive

                                                                                                                                                                            Lameness

                                                                                                                                                                              £802

                                                                                                                                                                                £3,332

                                                                                                                                                                                  Skin allergy

                                                                                                                                                                                    £594

                                                                                                                                                                                      £1,761

                                                                                                                                                                                        Skin allergy

                                                                                                                                                                                          £701

                                                                                                                                                                                            £1,905

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tumour

                                                                                                                                                                                                £942

                                                                                                                                                                                                  £2,730

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cruciate rupture

                                                                                                                                                                                                      £2,184

                                                                                                                                                                                                        £4,383

                                                                                                                                                                                                          LARGE DOG (OVER 20KG) e.g. GERMAN SHEPHERD

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Accidents

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Average

                                                                                                                                                                                                          10% most expensive

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Accidents

                                                                                                                                                                                                            £659

                                                                                                                                                                                                              £1,530

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Short-terms Illness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Short-terms Illness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Average

                                                                                                                                                                                                                10% most expensive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lump

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  £558

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £1,358

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gastro-enteritis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        £621

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          £1,724

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lipoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              £742

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                £1,111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vomiting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £479

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      £2,171

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Diarrhoea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          £457

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            £1,513

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ongoing Treatment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ongoing Treatment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Average

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10% most expensive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lameness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                £875

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  £3,760

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arthritis/DJD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      £623

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        £1,865

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cruciate rupture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            £2,485

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              £5,001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tumour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  £995

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £3,151

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Skin allergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        £755

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          £2,058

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: all treatment costs paid in 2018 for policies underwritten by RSA, including Tesco's Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Costs can vary from practice to practice as well as by breed, age and size of pet. This can affect the amount you may need to claim for any particular illness or condition. Some of the information shows the costs of common symptoms that our customer claims for - these could develop into ongoing illnesses in some instances.

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