Top 10 Dog and Cat Medical Conditions of 2011

April 18, 2012 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | Category: Care & Safety | 2 comments
Tags: health & wellness, care & safety

What are the most common causes of veterinary visits?

If you're a pet parent with a sick four-legged family member, you may feel like you're all alone in facing his medical condition. But many of these illnesses are common among pets. To investigate the most widespread reasons for vet visits, Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat medical conditions in 2011. Here are the results:

Top Dog Conditions

  1. Ear Infection
  2. Skin Allergies
  3. Skin Infection
  4. Non-Cancerous Skin Growth
  5. Upset Stomach
  6. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
  7. Arthritis
  8. Bladder Infection
  9. Bruise or Contusion
  10. Underactive Thyroid

Top Cat Conditions

  1. Bladder Infection
  2. Chronic Kidney Disease
  3. Overactive Thyroid
  4. Upset Stomach
  5. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
  6. Diabetes
  7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
  8. Ear Infection
  9. Skin Allergies
  10. Lymphosarcoma (Cancer of Lymph Node)

"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.

To find out more about common symptoms and conditions, visit our Zootoo Symptom Checker.

Has your pet ever suffered from any of these conditions? Share your stories below!

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Michele Z.

Michele Z.
3 years ago

Well, Skizzy has the #3 cat condition and he had six teeth removed last year.

None of my cats have had #1 bladder infections -- knocking on wood!

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3 years ago

Shorty is allergic to flea's and he has earidable voule syndrome he has had this since he was a kitten but it is under control with proper food and diet and the flea medicine!

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