Most Common Medical Conditions that Prompt Veterinary Visits

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Pets require routine medical attention just like their human counterparts, and while common issues such as ear infections and skin allergies are rarely life-threatening, they can be unexpected and expensive. Nationwide, first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., analyzed its database of more than 650,000 insured pets to determine the top medical conditions that prompted veterinary visits in 2017. Below are the results:

DogsCats
1.   Skin Allergies1.    Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
2.   Ear Infection2.   Dental Disease/Periodontitis
3.   Non-cancerous Skin Mass3.   Vomiting/Upset Stomach
4.   Skin Infection4.   Chronic Kidney Disease
5.   Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset5.   Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset
6.   Vomiting/Upset Stomach6.   Excessive Thyroid Hormone
7.   Arthritis7.    Upper Respiratory Infection
8.  Dental Disease/Periodontitis8.   Diabetes
9.   Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection9.   Skin Allergies
10.  Anal Gland Inflammation/Infection10.  Valvular Heart Disease or Murmur

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

Last year, Nationwide members spent more than $96 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets. Skin allergies were the most common health issue among Nationwide insured dogs with more than 140,000 individual claims. Bladder/urinary tract disease accounted for the most common medical condition among Nationwide insured cats with more than 5,800 claims.