The short answer is, some pet insurance companies do, but only before the issue is diagnosed. If your dog has a pre-existing condition, it will most likely not be covered.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Your dog’s hip joints are under a lot of pressure as they run, jump, walk, and play. It bears most of the load from their upper body weight when they launch themselves into motion and move about. When the ball and socket of the hip joints haven’t grown in equal amounts, the joint wears prematurely and causes pain that can eventually make it difficult for them to move.
This is an inherited condition called hip dysplasia. Of the animals that have hip dysplasia, 95% of them will show evidence through x-rays by the time they are two years old. What the x-rays won’t show is the severity of the disease, or when the dog will begin having problems.
What are the Symptoms?
In the beginning, there may be no symptoms. But at some point, you may see one or more of these:
Cost of Treatment
Depending on your vet, an initial consultation averages between $50 and $150. X-rays will be necessary to determine the condition of the hip joint. They can run from $60 to $180 and up, depending on how many views need to be seen.
If surgery is a necessity, costs can go from $1,000 to upwards of $12,000. There are many different types of surgery, depending on if one or both hips are affected, and to what extent. Cost is determined by the type of surgery and the size of your dog. Afterwards, there will be follow-up appointments, postoperative pain management drugs, and possibly orthopedics. Of course, all these prices could vary geographically.
Companies that Cover Hip Dysplasia
Each of these insurances clearly state that they do not cover pre-existing conditions. It is nearly impossible to quote a monthly price without filling out an application. There are many different plans, depending on your chosen deductible, and all the many services that you can choose from to be covered.
Of course, prevention is always a better option than treatment, but because hip dysplasia is hereditary, it may not be preventable. However, there are things you can do to help keep your pet healthy as long as possible.
There are only a few insurance companies that cover hip dysplasia, and none of those will cover pre-existing issues. Issues can be detected in X-rays as early as two years old. Although it is a hereditary disorder, there are many things that you can do to keep your pet healthy and mobile for as long as possible.
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