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Dec 16th, 2016

10 most common dog and cat illnesses and costs

Sneeky Cat 5. Dogs: growth (7 percent); cats: kidney disease (7 percent)

Growths can range from lumps and bumps under the skin could be fatty tumors or cysts, which do not require drastic treatment — but they could also be cancer.

Cancer symptoms include swelling, sores that don’t heal, weight loss and/or loss of appetite, strange odor, and difficulty breathing, eating, or going to the bathroom. The good news is that cancer treatments have advanced substantially from the days when vets pretty much had to rely on full limb amputations to rid the body of cancerous growths.

4. Dogs: eye conditions (7 percent); cats: cancer (8 percent)

Dogs suffer from many of the same eye conditions as cats, and treatment costs can vary wildly depending on whether the solution is drops or, as mentioned earlier, surgery that can run into the thousands.

For cats, cancer is just as devastating as it is for dogs. New treatments offer new options, but as mentioned above, pet parents will be hard up to pay for them without some help.

Getting ear examined 3. Dogs: ear infection (11 percent); cats: skin conditions (9 percent)

Ear infections in dogs are not as expensive as other ailments, although at a $100–$250 vet visit, they’re certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Skin conditions in cats, as in dogs, including dermatitis, flea reactions, pruritus, pyoderma, and skin infections, can tote up some pretty hefty vet bills, since venomous insect stings and snakebites can run up to $2,400. However, a regular dermatitis treatment can be anywhere from $100–$500 with full prescriptive treatments.

2. Dogs: skin conditions (19 percent); cats: UTI (17 percent)

Dogs aren’t immune to skin problems, and owners aren’t immune to the bills; as previously mentioned, those bills can range from $100–$500 for dermatitis treatments via prescriptions, while encounters with venomous insects or snakes can run considerably more — into the thousands.

For cats, the scenario is similar to that for dogs with UTIs, and, treated with antibiotics, relatively reasonable in cost.

1. Dogs: stomach issues (29 percent); cats: stomach issues (33 percent)

Vomiting, diarrhea, not eating or drinking, foaming at the mouth and drooling, combined with listlessness, all signal that it’s time to head for the vet. But stomach issues for dogs, as for cats, can be caused by a myriad of things, including ingesting foreign objects or plants.

New diagnostics to figure out what’s causing Fido’s or Fluffy’s distress include digital X-rays, at $150–$400 (depending on the number of views); an endoscopy, at $800–$1,000; a biopsy, at up to $1,500; an ultrasound, at between $300–$500; and a CT scan ($3,000).

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