Top 10 Reasons Pets Go to Vet Revealed

Urinary tract infections are most common for cats.

By Marissa Heflin | Posted: June 18 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Urinary tract infections were the top reason why cats 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 cats and dogs. The top reason why dogs were taken to the veterinarian was because of ear infections.

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

Top Reasons Cats Were Taken to the Vet
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

Top Reasons Dogs Were Taken to the Vet
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

The biggest change on either list was feline enteritis, which jumped from No. 16 in 2006 to No. 4 in 2007. 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 cat conditions in 2007 was renal failure, with an average submitted claim fee of $279. For dogs, it was benign skin tumors at $327.

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6/19/2008 12:10:09 AM


John    Tucson, AZ

6/18/2008 8:41:38 AM

Yes, hydration is always a concern here in the Arizona desert. Poor hydration eguals kidney and bladder problems. I bought my cat one of those filtered water fountains. Of course she was afraid of it at first. She didn't like the pump noise. I put it on a timer so the pump wasn't running all the time. Finally her cat curiosity won out and she drinks from it even when the pump is running. I would recommend this for anyone who has cats.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

6/18/2008 5:38:21 AM

This is so true. My cat just got treated and operated on to remove bladder stones.

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