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Nationwide members paid $119 million to treat their dogs and cats

Skin allergies and bladder/urinary tract disease in dogs and cats, respectively, top the lists

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Nationwide members spent $119 million in 2018 to treat their dogs and cats.

The pet health insurance company analyzed its database of more than 725,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 most common conditions that prompted veterinary visits.

“Pet owners are encouraged to schedule regular medical checkups as recommended by their veterinarians to prevent many common, yet problematic medical conditions,” says Nationwide vice president and chief veterinary officer, Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA. “Early detection can be key. The majority of medical conditions on the top 10 list can be successfully managed if treated promptly by a veterinarian.”

The following conditions affect dogs and cats the most, according to Nationwide:

Dogs

1) skin allergies

2) ear infection

3) noncancerous skin mass

4) diarrhea/intestinal upset

5) skin infection

6) vomiting/upset stomach

7) arthritis

8) dental disease

9) anal gland inflammation

10) bladder urinary tract disease

Cats

1) bladder/urinary tract disease

2) dental disease

3) chronic kidney disease

4) vomiting/upset stomach

5) diarrhea/intestinal upset

6) excessive thyroid hormone

7) upper respiratory infection

8) skin allergies

9) diabetes

10) heart valve malfunction

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