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Now from Nationwide: Top 10 reasons to take pets to the vet

January/February 2019 California Bountiful magazine

Pets require routine medical attention just like their human counterparts, and although common issues such as ear infections and skin allergies are rarely life-threatening, they can be unexpected and expensive. Nationwide, the nation's first and largest provider of pet health insurance, 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. Here are the results:


  1. Skin allergies 
  2. Ear infections 
  3. Non-cancerous skin masses 
  4. Skin infections 
  5. Arthritis 
  6. Periodontitis/dental disease 
  7. Vomiting/upset stomach 
  8. Diarrhea/intestinal upset 
  9. Bladder or urinary tract infections
  10. Anal gland inflammation/infections


  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

"We encourage pet owners to schedule regular medical checkups as recommended by their veterinarians to prevent many common, yet problematic medical conditions," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. "It's important for pet owners to be familiar with their pet's daily habits, to help identify oddities in their routine. Early detection can prevent many of these issues from becoming serious."

In 2017, Nationwide members spent more than $81 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets. Skin allergies were the most common health issue among Nationwide-insured canines, with more than 102,000 individual claims. Dental diseases accounted for the most common medical condition among Nationwide-insured felines, with more than 5,200 claims.

Article contributed by Nationwide, which is endorsed by the California Farm Bureau Federation. To learn more, visit Products underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies. Subject to underwriting guidelines, review, and approval. Products and discounts not available to all persons in all states. Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide is on your side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2019 Nationwide. 

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