Most common medical conditions that prompt veterinary visits

Pets require routine medical attention just like their human counterparts, and while common issues such as ear infections and skin allergies are rarely life-threatening, they can be unexpected and expensive. Last year, Nationwide members spent more than $96 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting dogs and cats. The nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance analyzed its database of more than 650,000 insured pets to determine the top medical conditions that prompted veterinary visits. Below are the results:



1.   Skin Allergies

1.    Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease

2.   Ear Infection

2.    Dental Disease/Periodontitis

3.   Non-cancerous Skin Mass

3.    Vomiting/Upset Stomach

4.   Skin Infection

4.    Chronic Kidney Disease

5.   Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset

5.    Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset

6.   Vomiting/Upset Stomach

6.    Excessive Thyroid Hormone

7.   Arthritis

7.    Upper Respiratory Infection

8.   Dental Disease/Periodontitis

8.    Diabetes

9.   Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection

9.    Skin Allergies

10. Anal Gland Inflammation/Infection

10.  Valvular Heart Disease or Murmur

Skin allergies were the most common health issue among Nationwide insured canines with more than 140,000 individual claims at an average cost of $255 per dog. Bladder/urinary tract disease accounted for the most common medical condition among Nationwide insured felines with more than 5,800 claims received at an average cost of $495per cat.

Dental disease accounted for the costliest canine medical condition on the list with an average expense to treat of $400per dog. The most expensive feline medical condition on the list was diabetes, which carries a significantly higher cost of $889 per cat.

“Pet owners are encouraged to schedule regular medical checkups as recommended by their veterinarians to prevent many common, yet problematic medical conditions,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary officer for Nationwide. “The majority of medical conditions on the top 10 list can be successfully managed if treated promptly by a veterinarian. Early detection can prevent many of these issues from becoming severe.”

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 650,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

1 Comment on "Most common medical conditions that prompt veterinary visits"

  1. carmen blakely | March 17, 2018 at 5:44 am | Reply

    My calm adult cat has shown that she has much pain near her hips, and the center of her back. She instinctively bites you if you gently touch the affected areas. After several trips and then x-rays, she is diagnosed with severe arthritis. The vet wants me to get her intramuscular injections for her joints at $32 each, for life; a laser therapy in the 3 areas that are arthritic & painful, 6 treatments package for $158. The cat hates being put in crate & going to vet. I cant imagine doing this a few days every week of her life. I have spent $800 just to get this far. I have arthritic joints and I know it isn’t good. Which is worse: terrifying the cat to get her to vet several times a week, or let her suffer with joint pain? I don’t want her to become afraid of me, thinking I am going to grab her & take her in the car. The vet will not come to me, we must go there. She is now on a diet to lose weight to help her joints.

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