Groundbreaking osteosarcoma study, price index update released at AVMA convention

When we bring our Nationwide® pet health insurance claims data to bear on a question, the answers are authoritative. That’s why I’m proud to release our osteosarcoma study, an analysis of data from more than 1 million dogs.

Osteosarcoma: Prevalance and Influences is the first in a series of medical studies we’ll be producing. Its release expands our commitment to provide information that can help veterinarians and pet owners alike.

Our new medical series builds on a foundation we’ve already established. Our Nationwide® | Purdue Veterinary Price Index, produced in collaboration with the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, has quickly become an industry benchmark.  The semi-annual update is also being released today, covering the whole of 2015.

As with the Price Index,  our canine osteosarcoma study has been overseen by Kerry O’Hara, Ph.D., our Director of Research, Data & Strategy. Primary analysis is by Tao Feng, Ph.D., a specialist in biomedical statistical analysis.

osteosarcoma studyOsteosarcoma: Prevalence and Influences reveals which breeds are more likely to be diagnosed. Some you’ll guess, others may surprise you. Of note: The top five breeds are almost 700% more likely to be diagnosed with osteosarcoma than the general population of dogs in our study.

700%. And yes, if you guessed the picture at the top is a hint, you’re correct. The Irish Wolfhound is the breed most likely to be diagnosed with osteosarcoma, at a rate of 7.31% vs. the 0.35% prevalence in the general population of dogs.

The analysis shows the influence of geography, population density and even the socioeconomic status of the pet owner in rate of diagnosis of this painful and often fatal disease. We also look at three breeds in the top ranks — the Greyhound, Rottweiler and Great Dane — and show the age of diagnosis compared to other dogs.

Download osteosarcoma study and Veterinary Price Index analysis

july-2016-price-index-thumbnailThis morning I’m presenting the results of our osteosarcoma study at the AVMA convention. Dr. O’Hara will present our updated Nationwide | Purdue Veterinary Price Index later today. She’ll reveal that veterinary pricing increased in the last half of 2015, continuing the trend we first reported in our last refresh of the data. As always, she’ll also break it down by region and population density.

We have executive summaries of both studies available for downloading (for free, of course) on our Studies and Research page. Our Veterinary Price Index will be updated and released again at the NAVC conference, as will our next medical study. I’ve already seen the first cut of the data on our next medical study, and the information we’ll be revealing will be eye-opening.

As always, our hope is that in sharing our data, we can positively influence the health and quality of life of veterinary professionals, pet owners–and pets as well.

And yes, I love my work. Your comments and suggestions are welcome!