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The Top 10 Medical Problems for Dogs and Cats

at at the vet editedEvery year, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) puts together a list of the most common reasons for the dogs and cats covered by their policies to visit a veterinarian. This information is valuable to all pet owners because it lets us know what health conditions are most likely to affect our pets. According to VPI, the company received more than 68,000 claims for skin allergies in dogs. The average claim fee was $96 per office visit. For cats, a bladder infection was the most common reason for a vet visit. VPI received more than 4,000 medical claims for this ailment – with an average claim amount of $251 per office visit. The most expensive canine condition on the list (arthritis) costs an average of $258 per visit, while for cats, the most expensive condition (lymphosarcoma) costs an average of $415 per visit.

The 2012 information has been analyzed with the following results:

Top Dog Conditions 

  1. Skin Allergies
  2. Ear Infection
  3. Skin Infection
  4. Non-Cancerous Skin Growth
  5. Upset stomach/Vomiting
  6. Arthritis
  7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
  8. Bladder Infection
  9. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
  10. Bruise or Contusion

Top Cat Conditions

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

It is important to note that many of these conditions are chronic in nature. Often, they can be managed successfully, sometimes for many years, but treatment can never be stopped without a risk of relapse. The expense of managing chronic diseases, as well as some especially serious acute conditions, is one of the reasons that many veterinarians now recommend pet health insurance for their patients. Other methods of keeping the cost of pet health care down include:

  • Staying up-to-date on preventative care (vaccines, heartworm prevention, flea and tick preventatives, etc.)
  • Preventing accidents: store potentially dangerous substances and objects out of a pet’s reach, keep cats indoors, and don’t let dogs roam free.
  • Keeping pets at a healthy weight with an appropriate amount of a high quality food and exercise.
  • Preventing boredom that can lead to behavioral problems.
  • Keeping dental disease at bay by routinely brushing teeth and/or making use of other pet dental care products.
  • Shopping at reputable online retailers like http://www.vetdepot.com for products to keep your pet healthy.
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