Top 10 Dog and Cat Illnesses in 2012

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Why do you take your pets to the vet? A new study by VPI ranks the reported cases of pet illness in 2012 with some surprising and insightful findings. A new ailment has taken the top spot as the issue that most dogs are showing up to the vet for: atopic or allergic dermatitis.

Dermatitis seems to have increased in prevalence over the past year and is now beating out the previous most common illness, otitis externa, an ear irritation, for the number one spot. The good news is that neither of these top spot conditions is life threatening and treatment is often relatively simple.

For cat parents the most pernicious problem was feline cystitis or FLUTD.

Check out the top 10 most common reasons people brought their dog or cat to the vet this past year, and read up on what might become an issue for your pet:

Dogs

  1. Atopic or allergic dermatitis
  2. Otitis externa
  3. Pyoderma/hot spot
  4. Benign neoplasia
  5. Gastropathy
  6. Osteoarthritis
  7. Enteropathy
  8. Cystitis or urinary tract infection
  9. Periodontitis/dental disease
  10. Soft tissue trauma

Cats

  1. Feline cystitis or FLUTD
  2. Periodontitis/dental disease
  3. Hyperthyroidism
  4. Chronic renal disease
  5. Gastropathy
  6. Diabetes mellitus
  7. Enteropathy
  8. Cystitis or urinary tract infection
  9. Lymphosarcoma or lymphoma
  10. Feline upper respiratory infection