Cats with ear infections, skin issues or stomach upset rarely cause pet parents too much worry, but these cat health concerns might spark a visit to the vet to halt illnesses before they get worse.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. recently analyzed data from 500,000 insured cats and dogs during 2013, and found the top 10 medical conditions affecting pets to the point of necessitating a veterinarian visit. Here are the top cat vet visit reasons
“To prevent some of the discomfort that so many pets experience from common diseases, the place to start would be by checking them regularly for developing problems,” Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI, said in a press release. “Many of the conditions on our Top 10 list each year can be stopped early or successfully managed in partnership with a veterinarian.”
VPI received more than 4,600 medical claims for cat urinary tract disease, the most common feline ailment, with an average cost per cat of $422. Cat lymphoma, the condition that topped the list of expensive treatments for felines, cost an average of $2,004 per pet.
In its press release on the Top 10 list, VPI urged pet owners to 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.