The cost of the average pet insurance claim has risen by more than a third in the past year. It's been caused by rocketing vet bills for treatment.
The figures, from Sainsbury's Pet Insurance, cover all claims made in 2010. The average claim for crossbreed dogs was £416.35, compared with £333.83 in 2009. The average claim for crossbreed cats was £327.54, up from £253.84.
There were also steep rises for pedigree pets. The cost for dogs averages £469.20, up from £416.33, while the average for cats was £419.92, up from £327.55.
That difference may seem odd if you think of pedigree pets as "superior." In reality though, the fact that both parents are of the same breed means there's a much greater chance of a pet having a hereditary health problem.
Sainsburys also revealed that around a third of pet owners now take a policy out almost immediately after getting the animal. It also found that around a third of those with policies have annual limits of £2,000, which may prove inadequate for some pets.