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Northtowns Pet Blog: Sick as a Dog? What about a Cat?

Has anyone ever told you that they’re as sick as a dog? Well, that claim is much more realistic than you probably thought.

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, revealed the top ten pet medical conditions from last year. The findings indicate that pets visit the vet for many of the same reasons you might visit your doctor.

Check out the following list to see how similar you and your pets really are. You might just start wondering when Fido or Fluffy will complain about being as sick as a human!

Top Dog Conditions

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

Top Cat Conditions

1. Lower Urinary Tract Disease 

2. Gastritis/Vomiting 

3. Chronic Renal Failure

4. Hyperthyroidism

5. Diabetes

6. Enteritis/Diarrhea

7. Skin Allergy 8. Soft Tissue Trauma

8. Periodontitis/Dental Disease

9. Ear Infection

10. Eye Infection

Article provided by PSI

Laura Stauffiger is the proprietor of Laura’s Critter Care, an in your home pet sitting and dog walking service in Amherst, and a member of Pet Sitters International and PetsitUSA. For more information, visit her website or send an email

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