The Trouble with Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats hold the #1 and #2 spots as America’s favorite pets. They’re very different animals, but share a common trait: they both get sick.

Recently, pet health insurance provider Nationwide set out to determine the most common maladies afflicting dogs and cats. The ones serious enough to prompt veterinary visits.

Here’s what the found:


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


  1. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
  2. Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease
  4. Vomiting/Upset Stomach
  5. Excessive Thyroid Hormone
  6. Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset
  7. Diabetes
  8. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  9. Skin Allergies
  10. Valvular Heart Disease or Murmur

Unfortunately, our furry friends can’t always tell us when they’re ailing, or in pain. (Cats are especially good at hiding pain). So, it’s important that we take them in for regular checkups.

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