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