Most Common Expensive Pet Illnesses for Dogs and Cats
Pet Care & Health

The Most Common & Expensive Pet Illnesses for Cats & Dogs

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago


Most of us would do anything to protect our pets. They’re members of the family, after all. But unfortunately for us, we don’t speak the same language as our canine and feline friends. And since animals have a natural instinct to hide their pain, it’s easy for some of the most common pet illnesses to go overlooked.

To make things worse, these unnoticed illnesses are often among the most expensive to treat, leading to absurdly high veterinary bills. That’s why so many owners see the value in obtaining pet insurance for their dog or cat. Pet insurance policies provide a financial safety net that can help cover the high costs of some of the most commonly overlooked — and in many cases, very serious — animal illnesses.

We all know that cats and dogs are very different creatures, so it’s not surprising that each species has its own set of prevalent health concerns. If you want to do everything you can to protect your beloved dogs and cats, keep reading to learn more about the most common pet health problems. 
Infographic showing the most expensive pet illnesses for cats and dogs based on claims submitted by PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholders in 2016.
Some of the most common issues for dogs include pancreatitis, mass removal, periodontal disease, and gastroenteritis. But for owners, Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD, is typically the most expensive veterinary problem. IDD occurs when discs displace, collapse, or rupture due to gradual degeneration. Sadly, there are many breeds who are particularly prone to IVDD, including dachshunds, bulldogs, corgis, pugs, and beagles. Dogs with IVDD will often experience pain and decreased mobility, as well as complete paralysis in some cases. If you’re able to recognize the signs of IVDD quickly enough, there are effective treatments available to help your dog live a happy, long life. However, since these treatments are usually quite expensive, it often helps to have pet insurance for dogs to reimburse you for some of those costs.

For cats, periodontal disease actually takes the top spot in terms of overall veterinary costs, which means the health of your cat’s chompers are probably more important than you might have realized. And when cats have issues with constipation, gastroenteritis, vomiting, and FLUTD — a broad term that refers to any number of problems in the bladder or urethra — you’ll end up paying a considerable amount at the vet, especially if you don’t have pet insurance coverage to help. 

With any pet, regular veterinary check-ups and preventative care are vital. These wellness visits can catch little problems before they get worse. But for those unexpected issues that may go unaddressed for a long period of time, pet insurance can make sure that you can afford to keep your pet at home with you for years to come. 

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