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Top 10 Reasons Pets Go to Vets Revealed

Whether your pet has insurance or not, no one hopes for a vet visit. On North's last trip, we met a poor Rottweiler that was so upset to see his owner go that he actually jumped off the second floor balcony, breaking both front legs and needing to be carried in because the cast covered most of his front half. I'd imagine that treatment would be pricey and fairly common with those fearless pets.

I was shocked to learn, in a recent report released by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the country's largest provider of pet health insurance, that falling short of the top 10 most commonly claimed conditions for dogs and cats are broken bones, poisonings, trauma from car accidents, or animal attacks. Turns out nearly a third of the most common conditions were related to diet – quality food is as important as we knew after all – and vet-approved changes can make all the difference in those gastrointestinal problems.

Most of the top 10 can occur at any age, to purebred or mixed breed pets, and those living inside or outside. See the top 10 lists for dogs and cats when you


Canine Feline
1. Ear Infections 1. Urinary Tract Infections
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


Join The Conversation
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I'm a cat owner and my vet that specializes in cats constantly tells male cat owners to stay away from Purina Cat Chow. It makes them more prone to UTI's and other urinary problems. I'm like you Caterpillargirl, I feed mine iams indoor. It's expensive, but well worth it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Desi, i was feeding them all meow mix seafood. Now its Iams indoor formula.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
What's kinda sucky is that VPI doesn't cover a lot of these things. When I got my kitty from the humane society, they gave me one month of VPI free and the coverage included mostly trauma-related things; not pre-existing conditions or vaccines or anything like that. When I worked at a vet clinic, we saw a LOT of dogs that came in with gastrointestinal issues like pancreatitis, diarrhea, vomiting, and intestinal blockages from eating things they shouldn't have. My dog used to have chronic UTIs that always meant a trip to the vet, but once we moved and I took her away from my parents' house (where she lived with 5 other dogs), she hasn't had one since.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I'm at the vet all the time right now because my puppy has skin mites. Visits to the vet every two weeks for a dip isn't too much fun.
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
Zena goes to the vet every month to get her toenails clipped and a physical. Our vet checks her ears because she's easily prone to ear infections. Our vet and my family have a good relationship. It's not a huge ordeal for us.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
That poor rottweiler. :(
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
i spent a ga-zillion dollars in vet visits, medication, topical solutions, and changing dog foods because my pup had horrible skin allergies on his pads. the poor little guy was just miserable. miraclously, the skin allergies stopped right after we moved. at the old house, a refinery was just a mile away and i'm sure all sorts of toxic chemicals were leaked into the air everyday and settled on our lawn/dirt. i thinks that what did it to him.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
We've been to the vet multiple times for the top 3 reasons on the canine side...yikes
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I'm sorry CaterpillarGirl :(
desidesi desidesi 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, you don't feed your cats kit n kaboodle or seafood flavored food, do you? i've heard that can create UTIs in cats
moonlissa moonlissa 9 years
Sadie just spent the night at the vet due to diarrhea. I get to go pick her up this afternoon...yea!
desidesi desidesi 9 years
diarrhea's the only reason my cat has had multiple vet visits ugggghhhh
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have had two cats die in the past two years from Renal Failure, which started out as an UTI.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this stuff is scary! I always wondered if I should get pet insurance. I don't know what I would do if something happened to Bop!
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