We’re recently made a lot more trips to our veterinarian than usual — due to our dog, Jake, and his Cushings Disease. There were always a few other dogs in our vet’s waiting room and we wondered why they were there.
We got a pretty good answer to this question when we ran across an article on the dogchannel.com site titled the Top 10 Reasons Your Dog is Taking a Trip to the Vet
What happened is that Veterinary Pet Insurance analyzed data from 500,000 insured cats and dogs over the previous year to find the top 10 medical conditions leading to a visit with a veterinarian.
The most common conditions in dogs:
- Skin Allergies
- Ear Infection
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Skin Infection
- Upset Stomach/Vomiting
- Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
- Periodontitis/Dental Disease
- Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
- Soft Tissue Trauma (Bruise or Contusion)
Itchy skin problems aren’t anything to be laughed at
If your dog has a skin problem he might be funny to watch but it’s no fun for him. As this article pointed out …
Is your dog plagued by itchy skin? VPI had more than 77,000 claims for dog skin allergies, with an average cost of $187 per dog and topped the chart as the most common reason for vet visits.
If dog skin problems are the most common dog disease, what can you to help your dog? The place to start, according to this article, would be by checking them regularly for developing problems,” says Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Many of the conditions on our Top 10 list each year can be stopped early or successfully managed in partnership with a veterinarian.”
“To prevent some of the discomfort that so many pets experience from common diseases,
The article went on to say that dog owners should familiarize themselves with their pets’ routine and behavior and schedule regular semiannual veterinary examinations to help prevent and identify medical conditions before they become serious or costly.
This sounds like pretty good advice to me.