Top 10 Pet Complaints
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Below are the top 10 reasons for pet visits. Note that diets are available to aide in the management of 7 of the top 10 canine conditions and 8 of the top 10 feline condition. Consult a nutritionist if you need help selecting the appropriate nutritional plan for your patient.
Release Date: Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Top 10 reasons pet owners visit a veterinarian
Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) recently analyzed its medical claims received in 2007 to determine the top 10 most commonly claimed conditions for dogs and cats.
Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the United States' oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently analyzed its medical claims received in 2007 to determine the top 10 most commonly claimed conditions for dogs and cats. For both canines and felines, the top 10 conditions accounted for about 25% of all medical claims received last year in the US.
|1. Ear infections||1. Urinary tract|
|2. Skin allergies||2. Gastritis/vomiting|
|3. Pyoderma/hot spots||3. Chronic renal failure|
|4. Gastritis/vomiting||4. Enteritis/diarrhea|
|5. Enteritis/diarrhea||5. Diabetes mellitus|
|6. Urinary tract infections||6. Skin allergies|
|7. Benign skin tumors||7. Colitis/constipation|
|8. Eye inflammation||8. Ear infections|
|9. Osteoarthritis||9. Respiratory infections|
|10. Hypothyroidism||10. Hyperthyroidism|
"Some pet owners may be surprised by what's not on the list," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "Falling just short of the top 10 are the major injuries that often motivate pet owners to purchase pet insurance: broken bones, poisonings or trauma from car accidents or animal attacks."
Of the most common canine maladies, the only condition not on 2006's list, hypothyroidism, rose from No. 11 that year to No. 10 in 2007.
*Nutrition Notes and the Veterinary Nutrition Service is supported, in
part, by a generous educational gift from Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
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