Research from Sainsbury’s finance revealed that 1.76million cats and dogs in the UK suffered from dental problems last year, with owners forking out an average of £200 for each treatment.
The research also found that 60% of those pet owners did not have sufficient cover through their pet insurance to make a claim.
The most susceptible dogs to dental problems were Labradors, whilst Siamese cats were most likely to suffer in the cat world.
Cats in the east were most likely to pick up dental problems, with the East Midlands and East of England seeing the highest numbers of dental problems.
Lucy Hunter from the firm believes that prevention is better than a cure, saying, “Owners should take their pets to the vet for regular dental checks and take professional advice to reduce the risk of problems occurring. Also, when looking at pet insurance policies, owners should choose very carefully and not just consider price alone.”
“Investing in a good quality policy that offers a high level of cover, including dental cover, will ensure that the family pet is well cared for and you won’t have to worry about costly treatments.”