A veterinarian in Tampa has discovered a way to save a dog’s insurance from losing its coverage if it is euthanized because of a heart defect.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Dr. John Ehrhardt discovered the hidden code by accident while searching for ways to prevent euthanasia in his practice.
He told the newspaper that he used a formula to calculate the average age of dogs that were euthanased for a heart condition.
Ehrhardt said the formula worked and he could calculate the age of the dogs that had been euthanaled.
He found that if a dog had a fatal heart defect in the first 24 hours of its life, it could receive a policy for an average of $3,300 per dog.
If it was euthanated within two years of its death, the average cost was $8,300.
Ehsard said he discovered the formula after he read a news story about a puppy named Daisy that had a rare genetic condition that could have led to her death.
Daisy died at her Tampa home on April 6, 2019.EHSARD has not revealed the name of the puppy that died, but Daisy’s sister told ABC News she believes Daisy’s death was caused by a heart issue.
The ABC reported that Ehrhard was approached by an insurance broker to help determine whether Daisy’s dog had lost its coverage.
He said he was initially skeptical about the formula, but after hearing that it worked, he decided to use it.ABC News reported that while Ehrhart was able to save Daisy’s life, he also found that some dogs could not be saved and that he has not been able to contact Daisy’s family or other people who might be able to help.
The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Practitioners Association have both urged people to be wary of the formula and use it with extreme caution.ABC reported that the insurance company that purchased Daisy’s policy said it will not be using it again.ABC did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.ABC’s Matt Barreto and The Associated Press contributed to this report.