According to a survey conducted by the largest pet insurer in the USA, surgery for canine cancers featured most prominently in the top 10 dog conditions requiring surgical intervention. In the top 10 list, surgery for Cancer of the Liver, Cancer of the Abdominal Wall, Cancer of the Mouth and Cancer of the Nasal Cavity showed that 40% of the top 10 conditions were cancer related. "Veterinary medicine has made considerable advancements in recent years, providing pet owners surgical options that weren't available to them even five years ago," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI – the insurance company behind the study. "While this is certainly good news, pet owners are often unaware of the cost of these surgeries. Surgical claims are typically some of the most expensive received at VPI, with the average claim routinely costing thousands of dollars. It's not only important for pet owners to realize the surgical choices open to them but to take steps to be financially prepared should their pet require surgery."