Americans Spent $119 Million On Their Pet’s Health Last Year

  • According to pet insurance provider Nationwide, their members shelled out a whopping $119 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting dogs and cats last year alone
  • Skin allergies are the most common ailments for dogs with owners filing more than 180,000 individual claims at an average cost of $279 per dog
  • Bladder and urinary tract diseases are the most common medical costs for cats, with 8,700 claims filed at an average cost of $515 per cat

Most people with pets treat their animals like part of the family, and just like human members, when pets get sick, the price of their medical bills can get quite costly. According to pet insurance provider Nationwide, their members shelled out a whopping $119 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting dogs and cats last year alone.

So, what are the biggest medical conditions pet owners have to worry about? Well, for dogs, it’s skin allergies, with owners filing more than 180,000 individual claims at an average cost of $279 per dog. For cats, bladder and urinary tract diseases are the most common medical costs, with 8,700 claims at an average cost of $515 per cat.

Most Common Medical Conditions For Dogs

  1. Skin Allergies
  2. Ear Infection
  3. Non-cancerous Skin Mass
  4. Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset
  5. Skin Infection
  6. Vomiting/Upset Stomach
  7. Arthritis
  8. Dental Disease
  9. Anal Gland Inflammation
  10. Bladder Urinary Tract Disease

Most Common Medical Conditions For Cats

  1. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  2. Dental Disease
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease
  4. Vomiting/Upset Stomach
  5. Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset
  6. Excessive Thyroid Hormone
  7. Upper Respiratory Infection
  8. Skin Allergies
  9. Diabetes
  10. Heart Valve Malfunction 
  • And while they may not be the most common health conditions for pets, dental disease is the costliest for dogs, at nearly $450 per dog, while diabetes is the most expensive condition for cats, at cost of $871 per feline.

Source:Market Watch

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