Every year at Nationwide we take a look back at the previous year and the top 10 veterinary visits, based on our claims. Can you guess what they are?
Here’s the information we just released to the veterinary community:
While common issues such as Allergic Dermatitis and Otitis Externa are rarely life-threatening, they can be unexpected and expensive in the eyes of pet owners. Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted through its database of more than 600,000 insured pets to determine the top medical conditions that prompted veterinary visits for dogs and cats in 2016. Below are the results:
Dogs Cats 1. Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis 1. Periodontitis/Tooth Infection 2. Otitis Externa 2. Cystitis or Urinary Tract Disease 3. Benign Skin Neoplasia 3. Renal Disease or Failure 4. Pyoderma 4. Gastropathy 5. Osteoarthritis 5. Hyperthyroidism 6. Periodontitis/Tooth Infection 6. Enteropathy 7. Gastropathy 7. Diabetes Mellitus 8. Enteropathy 8. Inflammatory Bowel Disease 9. Cystitis or Urinary Tract Disease 9. Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis 10. Anal Gland Sacculitis/ Expression 10. Valvular Heart Disease or Murmur
In 2016, Nationwide members spent more than $81 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets. Allergic Dermatitis was the most common health issue among Nationwide insured canines with more than 102,000 individual claims at an average cost of $233 per dog.
Periodontitis/ Tooth Infection accounted for the most common medical condition among Nationwide insured felines with more than 5,200 claims received at an average cost of $376 per cat.
Benign Skin Neoplasia accounted for the most costly canine medical condition on the list with an average cost of $364 per dog. The most expensive feline medical condition on the list was Diabetes Mellitus, which carries a significantly higher cost of $905 per cat.
Surprised? Probably not. After all, members of veterinary community see the animals that present for our top 10 pet health claims conditions every day!