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Rising costs of veterinary treatment

The average cost of veterinary treatment for cats and dogs has risen by four per cent over the past year. Bills rose by £29 from £728 to £757 during the course of 2017, research by Direct Line Pet Insurance indicates.

The total cost of insurance claims for medical treatment for UK dogs and cats in the past year reached £775 million – an increase of 10 per cent since 2016.

Across all types of pets, mouth and oral disorders, including abscesses, ulcers and gum wounds, saw the sharpest increase in claims between 2016 and 2017, rising in incidence by 25 per cent. This was followed by …

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