“The large number of claims received for these medical conditions attests to their often repetitive or chronic nature,” says 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 illnesses — car crash injuries, or cancer — but a chronic condition can be just as detrimental to a pet’s quality of life and financially burdensome to treat.”
ary Pet Insurance has recently released its top ten puppy accident claims and the top ten kitten accident claims.
Top Pet Health Claims
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|