Top 10 Most Common Medical Conditions for Dogs and Cats


Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Unveils Top Ailments that Prompt Veterinary Visits

BREA, Calif., April 15, 2015 — Just like their human counterparts, our pets require regular medical attention to treat minor ailments. While common issues such as ear infections and skin allergies are rarely life-threatening, they can be unexpected and expensive. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders spent more than $68 million in 2014 to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets. VPI, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted through its database of more than 525,000 insured pets to determine the top medical conditions that prompted veterinary visits for dogs and cats in 2014. Below are the results:



1.   Skin Allergies

1.    Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease

2.   Ear Infection

2.    Periodontitis/Dental Disease

3.   Non-cancerous Skin Mass

3.    Chronic Kidney Disease

4.   Skin Infection

4.    Vomiting/Upset Stomach

5.   Arthritis

5.    Excessive Thyroid Hormone

6.   Vomiting/Upset Stomach

6.    Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset

7.   Periodontitis/Dental Disease

7.    Diabetes

8.   Diarrhea/ Intestinal Upset

8.    Inflammatory Bowel Disease

9.    Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection

9.    Upper Respiratory Infection

10.  Soft Tissue Trauma (Bruise or Contusion)

10.   Lymphoma

“To help identify common medical conditions, we encourage pet owners to familiarize themselves with their pet’s daily routines and schedule regular medical checkups as recommended by their veterinarians,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “The majority of conditions on our top 10 list can be successfully managed if treated promptly by a veterinarian. Early detection can prevent many of these issues from becoming severe and making treatment more costly.”

Last year, skin allergies were the most common canine health issue with more than 80,000 individual claims submitted to VPI at an average cost of $189 per dog. Bladder or urinary tract diseases accounted for the most common medical condition amongst felines with more than 4,700 claims received at an average cost of $425 per cat.

Non-cancerous skin masses accounted for the most costly canine medical condition on the list with an average cost of $339 per dog. The most expensive feline medical condition on the list was Lymphoma, which carries a significantly higher cost of just under $2,000per cat.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance
With more than 525,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI), a Nationwide company, is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and theDistrict of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Veterinary Pet Insurance, VPI and the cat/dog logo are service marks of Veterinary Pet Insurance Company. Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Veterinary Pet Insurance Company and Nationwide. Pet owners can find VPI on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit


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