Top 10 Conditions Requiring Surgery in Dogs

Veterinary Pet Insurance lists 2009’s most common cat and dog surgeries.

Posted: December 9, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Common dog and cat surgeriesBenign skin mass was the top medical condition requiring surgery for dogs last year and tooth extraction was the top for cats, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., which analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets.

Canine conditions following benign skin mass: skin abscess, inflammation or pressure ulcer; tooth extraction; torn anterior cruciate ligament or cartilage; malignant skin mass; cancer of the spleen, cancer of the eyelid; bladder stones; cancer of the liver; and auricular hematoma.

“Veterinary medicine has made considerable advancements in recent years, providing pet owners surgical options that weren’t available to them even five years ago,” says Carol McConnell, D.V.M., vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “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.”

The most common surgical claim for dogs on the list, benign skin mass, cost VPI policyholders an average of $999 per claim. The least common, auricular hematoma, cost an average of $296 per claim.

For cats, the average cost for the most common surgical claim was $924, while the least common, cancer of the nasal cavity, cost policyholders an average of $927. Collectively, VPI policyholders spent more than $30 million in 2009 on the 10 most common health conditions requiring surgery for dogs and cats.

Top 10 Medical Conditions Requiring Surgery in Pets:

Canine Conditions       Claim Total
1. Benign skin mass  22,386
2. Skin abscess, inflammation or pressure ulcer 11,178
3. Tooth extraction    9,476
4. Torn ACL or cartilage 6,782
5. Malignant skin mass     4,120
6. Cancer of the spleen  2,224
7. Cancer of the eyelid   1,848
8. Bladder stones   1,823
9. Cancer of the liver   1,588
10. Auricular hematoma 1,577
Feline Conditions Claim Total
1. Tooth extraction 1,627
2. Skin abscess, inflammation or pressure ulcer    1,015
3. Benign skin mass  454
4. Bladder stones 185
5. Cancer of the abdominal wall  126
6. Malignant skin mass     124
7. Multiple bite wounds 92
8. Cancer of the liver  85
9. Cancer of the mouth     79
10. Cancer of the nasal cavity 77



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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

5/12/2013 7:10:20 PM

Good information. thanks

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Terry   Houston, TX

12/13/2010 10:48:48 AM

Interesting info! Thanks!

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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

12/12/2010 9:00:48 PM

Good article! Those are some interesting stats!

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

12/10/2010 6:47:05 PM


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