What is the best type of insurance for your Dachshund?
Dachshunds have been bred so that they have a long body and short legs, which means that they are susceptible to a number of health issues.
With this in mind, a lifetime insurance policy could be the best fit for your Dachshund’s needs. With a lifetime policy, whilst it is often more expensive, the financial limit for each condition resets at the renewal of the policy. This is ideal for the degenerative and recurring illnesses that your Dachshund might experience, as it limits the likelihood of you having to cover the cost of treatments yourself, as well as provide cover to any illnesses that become lifelong.
If this doesn’t appeal to you, you may wish to consider a maximum benefit policy. With this policy, you are able to claim more than once for each condition, and all new illnesses are covered. However, the financial limit does not reset like a lifetime policy, and once the limit is reached, the condition becomes pre-existing and is no longer viable to be covered by insurance.
Average Dachshund pet insurance cost
We wanted to give you an average figure of how much it may cost you to insure your Dachshund, so we ran a number of quotes from a selection of reliable pet insurance companies. Our results estimated that, on average, you could insure your Dachshund with a lifetime insurance policy for £14.13 a month, or an annual payment of £164.98. To run these quotes, we used the following pet information:
- Bought for £400
- No pre-existing conditions
- Vaccinations up to date
- Non aggressive
Common health problems for Dachshunds
Before deciding on an insurance policy, it is essential to be aware of the common illnesses associated with your dog’s breed. For your Dachshund, there are a number of ailments that are likely to reoccur as your dog ages. It’s a good idea to take these health conditions into consideration when selecting your insurance policy in order to ensure that should your Dachshund develop any, they are covered.
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry-eye)
- Heart disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Luxating patellas
Average treatments cost for Dachshunds
It’s also useful to be aware of the average cost of treatments for common illnesses associated with Dachshunds. This information will help you in making your decision on a policy, as well as ensure that your financial limit is the right one for your Dachshund’s health requirements.
Below is a list of the average treatment costs for common illnesses:
|Health Problem||Average treatment cost|
|Intervertebral disc disease||£650|
|Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry-eye)||£350|
|Progressive retinal atrophy||£350|
Fun facts about Dachshunds
- They were bred in Germany to hunt badgers; their name translates to ‘badger hound’.
- Originally, all dachshunds were either black or tan, but today they can come in a variety of colours: 12 to be exact.
- Many people believe that hot dogs were named after the Dachshund, with them being originally known as dachshund sausages.
- Britain’s first cloned dog was a 12-year-old dachshund called Winnie.
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