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Sick as a Dog: Pets' Top Medical Conditions of 2008
Date:2/17/2009

Largest Pet Insurance Company Reveals Last Year's Most Common Claims

BREA, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Not all the similarities between pets and people are cute and cuddly. Take ear infections, for example, or skin rashes. Not convinced? How about diarrhea? Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently analyzed medical claims received in 2008 to find the year's most common pet maladies. The results indicate that pets visit the veterinarian for many of the same reasons humans visit the doctor, with ear infections the No. 1 condition for dogs and lower urinary tract disease No. 1 for cats. The top 10 conditions accounted for nearly 340,000, or close to 25 percent, of all canine and feline medical claims received in 2008.


            Top Canine Claims                 Top Feline Claims
        1. Ear Infections                1. Lower Urinary Tract Disease
        2. Skin Allergies                2. Gastritis/Stomach Upsets
        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. Hyperthyroidism
        8. Osteoarthritis                8. Ear Infections
        9. Eye Inflammation              9. Upper Respiratory Virus
        10. Hypothyroidism               10. Eye Inflammation

"The large number of claims received for these medical conditions attests to their often repetitive or chronic nature," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "A dog with allergies, for example, will most likely require continuing care and a cat with diabetes will be no stranger to the veterinarian's office. Pet owners have a tendency to fear major accidents and
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