Top 10 Reasons Why Pets Are Taken to Vet

Veterinary insurance company reveals the 10 most commonly claimed medical conditions for dogs and cats.

Posted: June 18, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Ear infections were the top reason why dogs were taken to the veterinarian in 2007, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., which recently analyzed its medical claims received last year to determine the top 10 most commonly claimed conditions for dogs and cats. The top reason why cats were taken to the veterinarian was because of urinary tract infections.

For dogs and cats, the top 10 conditions accounted for about 25 percent of all medical claims received in 2007.

Top Reasons for Dogs Top Reasons for Cats
  1. Ear Infections
  2. Skin Allergies
  3. Pyoderma/Hot Spots
  4. Gastritis/Vomiting
  5. Enteritis/Diarrhea
  6. Urinary Tract Infections
  7. Benign Skin Tumors
  8. Eye Inflammation
  9. Osteoarthritis
  10. Hypothyroidism
  1. Urinary Tract Infections
  2. Gastritis/Vomiting
  3. Chronic Renal Failure
  4. Enteritis/Diarrhea
  5. Diabetes Mellitus
  6. Skin Allergies
  7. Colitis/Constipation
  8. Ear Infections
  9. Respiratory Infections
  10. Hyperthyroidism
The biggest change on either list was feline enteritis, which jumped from No. 16 in 2006 to No. 4 in 2007. Also, almost a third of all the common conditions could be related to or exacerbated by diet, diet changes, or dietary indiscretions.

“Gastrointestinal claims are common each year we publish our top 10 list, but our 2007 numbers indicate that pet owners took their pets’ gastrointestinal and dietary difficulties more seriously this past year, perhaps due to the pet food recall,” said Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI.

The most expensive of the common canine conditions in 2007 was benign skin tumors, with an average submitted claim fee of $327. For cats, it was renal failure at $279.

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Linda   Muskego, WI

6/18/2008 7:01:01 PM

Regular health exams

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Karen   Standish, ME

6/18/2008 6:27:26 PM

I did know this since these were the exact reasons my dog and cats were seen and treated!

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Amanda   NY, NY

6/18/2008 2:39:36 PM

Good 2 Know!!..

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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

6/18/2008 11:07:30 AM

Interesting!

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