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Insurance for household animals and its application to enlightening of preventive veterinary medicine - how insurance can support the human-animal bond?

By A. Kawarai

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Anicom has acquired the license of operating "Animal health insurance" from the Financial Services Agency and has now been issued the insurance policies to more than 430 thousands animals (89% dogs, 10% cats, and 1% birds/rabbits/ferrets) as at December, 2012. When animals are registered to Anicom's insurance system, the individual data (species, breed, sex and age etc.) of animals are recorded in the computer database systems. Information on insurance coverage such as disease classification, time, breeds, areas and hospital, can be accumulated in above computer database. These insurance coverage data can be utilized for epidemiological study on animal diseases and the results can be useful in preventing future disease occurrence. For example, foreign body ingestions by dogs are dangerous behavior which can result in deaths, and careful monitoring of these behaviors should be carried out by veterinary personnel. We investigated data in regard to incidence of foreign body ingestion in order to understand the current situation and to prevent future incidence. Dogs can be a good sentinel animals for human health since environmental conditions and many diseases are shared between dogs and humans. We are trying to expand our epidemiological research using insurance data for the sake of mutual benefits and bonds between animals and humans.

Publication Title Journal of Veterinary Epidemiology
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 15-17
ISBN/ISSN 1343-2583
Language Japanese
Author Address Anicom Holdings, Inc., Tokyo, Japan.asako.kawarai@ani-com.com
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal diseases
  3. Animal health and hygiene
  4. Animal hospitals
  5. Animals
  6. Birds
  7. Breeds
  8. Canidae
  9. Canine
  10. Carnivores
  11. Cats
  12. Data collection
  13. Diseases
  14. Diseases and injuries of animals
  15. Dogs
  16. Epidemiology
  17. Ferrets
  18. Finance
  19. Foreign bodies
  20. Humans
  21. Insurance
  22. Lagomorpha
  23. Leporidae
  24. Mammals
  25. mink
  26. monitoring
  27. mortality
  28. Parasites
  29. pathogens
  30. Pets and companion animals
  31. rabbits
  32. vertebrates
  33. Veterinarians
  34. Veterinary economics
  35. Veterinary medicine
  36. veterinary products
  37. weasels
  38. Zoonoses