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Insurer Lists Top Reasons Pets Go to the Vet

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2008, 11:31 a.m., EST

Ear infections were the top reason dogs were taken to the veterinarian in 2007, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif.  The company  analyzed its medical claims to determine the most commonly claimed conditions for dogs and cats. 

The top reason cats were taken to the veterinarian was because of urinary tract infections.

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

Top Reasons Dogs  Went to the Vet

  • Ear  infections
  • Skin  allergies
  • Pyoderma/ hot  spots
  • Gastritis/ vomiting
  • Enteritis/ diarrhea
  • Urinary  tract  infections
  • Benign  skin  tumors
  • Eye  inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hypothyroidism   

Top Reasons Cats  Went to the Vet

  • Urinary  tract  infections
  • Gastritis/ vomiting
  • Chronic  renal  failure
  • Enteritis/ diarrhea
  • Diabetes  mellitus
  • Skin  allergies
  • Colitis/ constipation
  • Ear  infections
  • Respiratory  infections
  • 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. <HOME>

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