Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Are The Ten Top Medical Conditions For Your Pet

Top 10 Dog and Cat Medical Conditions of 2009

Even the healthiest person can end up in a doctor's office with an unexpected bout of stomach trouble or an ear infection. While these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat. The same is true for pets. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, receives more than a million claims annually for treatment of cats and dogs. This data reveals that just like people, many dogs and cats in 2009 received treatment for non-emergency as well as ongoing disorders:

Top Dog Conditions

1. Ear Infection
2. Skin Allergy
3. Skin Infection/Hot Spots
4. Gastritis/Vomiting
5.Enteritis/Diarrhea 6. Bladder Infection
7. Arthritis 8. Soft Tissue Trauma
9. Non-cancerous Tumor
10. Eye Infection

Top Cat Conditions

1. Lower Urinary Tract Disease
2. Gastritis/Vomiting
3. Chronic Renal Failure
4. Hyperthyroidism
5. Diabetes
6. Enteritis/Diarrhea
7. Skin Allergy
8. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
9. Ear Infection
10. Eye Infection

"What we hear from many pet owners," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI, "is that nothing happens to their pet because the pet is with them daily and receives the right food and plenty of exercise, etc. Those things certainly go a long way in making for a healthy, happy animal. Despite a pet owner's best efforts, however, VPI's data shows that pets are still at risk for ailments that may require repeated trips to a veterinarian's office."

VPI received nearly 68,000 canine claims for ear infections in 2009 – with an average claim fee of $100 per office visit. For cats, VPI received 3,700 medical claims for lower urinary tract disease. Lower urinary tract disease cost cat owners an average of $260 per office visit. The most expensive canine condition on the list (non-cancerous tumor) cost an average of $335 per visit, while, for cats, the most expensive condition (periodontitis/dental disease) cost an average of $360 per visit.

A few of the top 10 dog and cat conditions can be associated with an animal's natural aging process. However, many of the top 10 conditions can occur in any pet. No matter the age or breed, whether it be an indoor or an outdoor dog or cat, pet owners should familiarize themselves with their pets' daily routine in order to identify abnormal behaviors that might indicate an injury or illness. In addition, regular semiannual physical exams can help prevent and identify certain conditions before they become serious or costly.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 475,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the nation's oldest and largest pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional Pet CareGuard(SM) for routine care is also available.

Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.


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Gravity Gardener said...

If you are a dog or cat lover, you know you will do anything for them to keep them healthy and safe from disease and injury over the course of their lifetime. Low cost pet insurance is a way to help with that care so that you never have to think twice about making them healthy if an unforeseen situation arises.

There are other options that you may be able to pursue to help pay for treatments surgical procedures:

1. If your dog is of a certain breed, there are organizations that may help fund their treatment. Some Labrador owners can find some assistance through agencies such as labradorharbor.org or labmed.org

2. Veterinarians may work with you to take payments over a period of time to help you afford the treatment if you cannot afford to bear the burden in one shot and your dog is in need of treatment. They may also be part of the American Animal Hospital Association's "Helping Pets Fund” and can help find financial assistance if they qualify.

3. Some states provide access to pet friendly programs and other animal agencies through their websites.

Gravity Gardener

Samantha S said...

Its crazy on how often your pet can get sick. I think that pet insurance is definitely the way to go. I dont have VPI and instead I chose to go with Trupanion but I think that pet insurance is very important. As you can see from the list, without pet insurance it can be pretty expensive to pay all these vet bills!