Top 10 pet conditions that require surgery

Skin conditions and tooth extractions are among the most common surgical procedures, according to VPI.
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Oct 26, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

When it comes to pet surgeries, skin masses and tooth extractions rule, according to new data from Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI). The company examined its database of 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat surgery claims submitted last year. The results:

Top canine conditions
1. Benign skin mass (22,386 total claims)
2. Skin abscess, inflammation, or pressure ulcer (11,178)
3. Tooth extraction (9,476)
4. Torn ACL or cartilage (6,782)
5. Malignant skin mass (4,120)
6. Spleen cancer (2,224)
7. Eyelid cancer (1,848)
8. Bladder stones (1,823)
9. Liver cancer (1,588)
10. Auricular hematoma (1,577)

Top feline conditions
1. Tooth extraction (1,627 total claims)
2. Skin abscess, inflammation, or pressure ulcer (1,015)
3. Benign skin mass (454)
4. Bladder stones (185)
5. Abdominal wall cancer (126)
6. Malignant skin mass (124)
7. Multiple bite wounds (92)
8. Liver cancer (85)
9. Mouth cancer (79)
10. Nasal cavity cancer (77)

Want more on pet health trends as reported by the pet insurance industry? Check out the data on the top 10 human medical conditions that affect pets, the most common poisons that send pets to the veterinary hospital, and the top five most expensive cat breeds.