Top 10 Dog Medical Conditions in 2015

Data Reveals Common Maladies

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Just like their human counterparts, when dogs are afflicted with even seemingly minor ailments such as an ear infection, stomach ache or cough, it can prompt a visit to the doctor.

While the majority of these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat.

Insurance Claims Reveal Common Reasons for Vet Visits

Nationwide pet insurance policyholders spent more than $77 million in 2015 treating the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their dogs.

Nationwide pet insurance, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted its database of more than 550,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog medical conditions in 2015.

Top Conditions Afflicting Dogs

  1. Skin allergies
  2. Ear infection
  3. Benign skin mass
  4. Hot spots
  5. Arthritis
  6. Periodontitis/dental disease
  7. Upset stomach/vomiting
  8. Intestinal upset/diarrhea
  9. Bladder or urinary tract infection
  10. Soft tissue trauma

“Although a few of the top 10 dog conditions can be associated with an animal’s natural aging process, many of the conditions listed above can occur in any pet,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide pet insurance.

“Regardless of the age or breed of the dog, pet owners should familiarize themselves with their pets’ daily routine in order to identify abnormal behaviors that might indicate an injury or illness.”

Average Vet Costs for Pet Medical Conditions

In 2015, Nationwide pet insurance received more than 81,000 canine claims for skin allergies, the most common cause for taking a dog to see a veterinarian. The average claim fee was $210 per office visit. The most expensive canine condition on the list (benign skin mass) cost an average of $347 per visit.

In addition to familiarizing themselves with their pets’ routine and behavior, pet owners should schedule their pets’ semiannual veterinary examinations on a regular basis to help prevent and identify certain conditions before they become serious or costly.

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