Pet Insurance Company Reveals Top Puppy Accidents

Soft tissue trauma tops the list of accidental injuries suffered by puppies.

Posted: May 10, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Labrador Retriever puppiesSoft tissue trauma is the No. 1 accidental injury in puppies, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., which recently looked at its database of more than 480,000 insured pets to find the top accidental injuries suffered by dogs and cats during the first two years of their lives.

Top 10 Puppy Accident Claims

  1. Soft tissue trauma
  2. Laceration or bite wound
  3. Cruciate ligament injury
  4. Sprain
  5. Insect bites and stings
  6. Abrasion
  7. Torn nail
  8. Eye trauma
  9. Drug toxicity
  10. Oral cavity trauma

Injuries to soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments and tendons, can range from bruising to a tear or rupture. “While younger pets are less susceptible to serious illnesses such as cancer, our data shows that pets of all ages can suffer costly accidental injuries,” said Carol McConnell, D.V.M., vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI.

VPI recommends that pet owners “puppy-proof” their homes. Examples include clearing obstacles inside and out that an uncoordinated younger pet might collide with during playtime, removing items that can be mistaken for food from the floor and countertops and keeping all medications tightly sealed and securely stored in drawers or medicine cabinets.

Click here for a room-by-room guide to puppy-proofing your home.


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Kim   Edmonton, AB

5/11/2010 10:29:59 PM

I'm surprised that pups getting into food that they shouldn't be into isn't on the list. I know my dog and a friend's pup has had their own run in with food that she shouldn't have eaten (chocolate, raisins, onions, etc) in the course of the past year.

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S   Three Oaks, MI

5/11/2010 6:59:26 PM

Got to watch any pills around pups--along w/everything else you have to watch!!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

5/10/2010 7:39:12 PM

Yep, puppies and children are prone to accidents.

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Cheryl   Kansas City, KS

5/10/2010 7:34:46 PM

You can never tell what may happen, better safe than sorry.

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