September 01, 2006

 

 Top 10 reasons pets visit veterinarians - September 1, 2006

 
posted August 15, 2006
 

Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, of Brea, Calif., recently reviewed its policyholder claims and found that for the second year in a row, urinary tract infections were the number one medical condition that cat owners filed medical claims for in 2005. Veterinary visits for skin allergies resulted in the most claims for dogs in 2005. Ear infections topped the list for dogs in 2004. The accompanying chart, courtesy of VPI, lists the top 10 medical conditions pet owners filed claims for in 2005.

2005 top 10 claims
by incident—dogs

(ranking in 2004)
  1. Skin allergies (2)
  2. Ear infections (1)
  3. Stomach upsets (3)
  4. Bladder infections (5)
  5. Benign tumors (4)
  6. Osteoarthritis
  7. Sprains (7)
  8. Eye infections (8)
  9. Enteritis
  10. Hypothyroidism
  2005 top 10 claims
by incident—cats

(ranking in 2004)
  1. Urinary tract infections (1)
  2. Stomach upsets (2)
  3. Kidney disease (10)
  4. Skin allergies (5)
  5. Respiratory infections (3)
  6. Diabetes
  7. Ear infections (4)
  8. Colitis (8)
  9. Eye infections (6)
  10. Wound infections (7)