The number of insurance claims to treat cats, dogs and rabbits for mental health problems has sky-rocketed. Owners are claiming for treatments to tackle a whole host of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Some behaviour modification plans and hormone treatments cost owners a steep £1,000 a day. It’s no wonder then that pet insurance companies have paid out £750,000 this year – a 50 per cent increase from 2018, reports The Sunday Times. Dog owner Lesley Church-Burrows, 65, from Epping Forest, Essex, sent her Great Dane for two neurological sessions costing £275 each when the pooch developed agoraphobia. Marlie the dog is fed chicken from Marks and Spencer, sleeps on a memory foam mattress and has 90-minute walks in Epping Forest. But when the dog developed a twitching eye, and when hungry or worried, shakes and shifts from side-to-side, Lesley thought it was time to seek professional help. She said: “People ask me how a dog can have anxiety and tell me the idea is as daft as a box of frogs.” With no NHS for pets, illness or injury can cost pet owners hundreds and thousands in vets’ bills, leaving some with no choice but… Read full this story
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