Python with anorexia swallows ?800 in vet bills
A bearded dragon with an abscess, and a Burmese python with anorexia were among a record number of pets treated under insurance policies last year.
The bearded dragon, a kind of lizard, had its sore jaw treated at a cost of ?410.
The food-resistant python proved even more expensive, costing ?790 to treat.
They were both among 932,000 pet insurance claims made in 2016, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
The total amount paid out to policy-holders was ?706m, a 7% increase on 2015 and also a record high.
Among other unusual treatments were:
The average cost of a claim is now ?757, a 5% rise on 2015.
"There is no NHS for pets, and the cost of getting quality veterinary treatment can quickly run into thousands of pounds, particularly with rising veterinary costs and a greater range of medical treatments for pets now available," said Rebecca Hollingsworth, general insurance policy adviser at the ABI.
However most pet owners do not bother with insurance.
Only 30% of dog owners and 16% of cat owners pay for an annual policy.
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