Top 10 Most Common Medical Conditions in Pets

Veterinary Pet Insurance recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat medical conditions in 2011. Below are the results:

Dogs Cats
1.  Ear Infection 1.  Bladder Infection
2.  Skin Allergies 2.  Chronic Kidney Disease
3.  Skin Infection 3.  Overactive Thyroid
4.  Non-cancerous Skin Growth 4.  Upset Stomach
5.  Upset Stomach 5.  Periodontitis/Dental Disease
6.  Intestingal Upset/Diarrhea 6.  Diabetes
7.  Arthritis 7.  Intestingal Upset/Diarrhea
8.  Bladder Infection 8.  Ear Infection
9.  Bruise or Contusion 9.  Skin Allergies
10. Underactive Thyroid 10. Lymphosarcoma












"The large number of claims received for these medical conditions attests to their common, often repetitive, and sometimes chronic nature," said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "While many pet owners fear major accidents and illnesses, which can cost thousands of dollars to treat for a single incident, repetitive and chronic conditions can be just as detrimental to a pet's quality of life and financially burdensome to the pet owner."

In 2011, VPI received more than 62,000 canine claims for ear infections, the most common cause for taking a dog to see a veterinarian. The average claim fee was $98 per office visit. For cats, a bladder infection was the most common reason to take your kitty to the veterinarian. VPI received more than 3,800 medical claims for this ailment - with an average claim amount of $233 per office visit. 

The most expensive canine condition on the list (non-cancerous skin growth) cost an average of $220 per visit, while, for cats, the most expensive condition (lymphosarcoma) cost an average of $426 per visit.

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