Pet insurance company reveals Top 10 common causes for visits

In 2011, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) reports that policyholders spent more than $46 million in  treating the 10 most common medical conditions afflicting their pets. Here are the Top 10:


  1. Ear infection
  2. Skin allergies
  3. Skin infection
  4. Non-cancerous skin growth
  5. Upset stomach
  6. Intestinal upset/diarrhea
  7. Arthritis
  8. Bladder infection
  9. Bruise or contusion
  10. Underactive thyroid


  1. Bladder infection
  2. Chronic kidney disease
  3. Overactive thyroid
  4. Upset stomach
  5. Periodontitis/dental disease
  6. Diabetes
  7. Intestinal upset/diarrhea
  8. Ear infection
  9. Skin Allergies
  10. Lymphosarcoma

While the majority of these conditions are curable, they can become chronic and expensive to treat.  The average claim fee was $98 per office visit. The most expensive canine condition on the list (non-cancerous skin growth) cost an average of $220 per visit, while, for cats, the most expensive condition (lymphosarcoma) cost an average of $426 per visit.