In 2010, I saw pets with all manner of healthcare conditions pass through our small hospital's doors. Though some conditions of years past were notoriously absent from my roster (thankfully, I've not seen a large-caliber bullet wound since post-graduation, when I practiced just outside of Philly), Veterinary Pet Insurance's annual lineup of the most common reasons for vet visits was pretty typical of most of my years here in South Florida.

Skin, skin, skin heads things up for the dogs; lower urinary tract disease, vomiting and kidney disease for cats. While I might've moved up the skin incidence for cats in my warm-climed practice, and perhaps advanced cancer in all cases, the lists otherwise conform to the norms that veterinary conventional wisdom would dictate.

Of course, that only makes sense. After all, we're talking about 485,000 pets in VPI's database to draw stats from. It's a significant chunk of pets, I'm sure you'll agree, which is why you can safely compare your pets' issues to those below:


1. Ear Infection
2. Skin Allergy
3. Skin Infection/Hot Spots
4. Gastritis/Vomiting
5. Enteritis/Diarrhea
6. Bladder Infection
7. Arthritis
8. Soft Tissue Trauma
9. Non-cancerous Tumor
10. Eye Infection


1. Lower Urinary Tract Disease
2. Gastritis/Vomiting
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


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

So what say you? Do these conditions sound familiar? I believe they should ... but you're free to add others to the list...

Dr. Patty Khuly

Pic of the day: scared cats by Paul Vaarkamp