Top 10 pet medical conditions of 2010

Dogs and cats often suffer from itchy skin, while exotic pets tend to have digestive issues.
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Mar 03, 2011
By dvm360.com staff
You've probably seen every medical condition under the sun in your veterinary patients, but some seem to show up more often than others, right? According to new data, skin ailments are among the most common in American pets. Here's a look at the top 10 conditions in dogs, cats, and exotic pets, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance's database of more than 485,000 insured pets:

Dogs
1. Ear infection
2. Skin allergy
3. Skin infection/hot spots
4. Gastritis/vomiting
5. Enteritis/diarrhea
6. Arthritis
7. Bladder infection
8. Soft tissue trauma
9. Non-cancerous tumor
10. Hypothyroidism

Cats
1. Lower urinary tract disease
2. Gastritis
3. Chronic renal failure
4. Hyperthyroidism
5. Diabetes
6. Enteritis/diarrhea
7. Skin allergy
8. Periodontitis/dental disease
9. Ear infection
10. Upper respiratory infection

Exotic pets
1. Bowel obstruction
2. Gastritis/vomiting
3. Bladder infection
4. Upper respiratory infection
5. Eye infection
6. Cancerous tumor requiring surgery
7. Arthritis
8. Skin inflammation
9. Skin abscess or pressure ulcer
10. Inflammation of hair follicles