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I found the list interesting. Sure, the Dr. Jon site exists to promote insurance but it has interesting info sometimes.

What illnesses are the most common among dogs? Do you know? I recently reviewed the top 10 medical conditions that dogs were treated for in 2008 and I want to share them with you today.

Many of conditions on the list are chronic conditions that often require repeat vet visits to treat and control. Any and all of these conditions can be expensive to treat. This is especially true if you need to return to your vet on a regular basis to deal with the chronic nature of these medical conditions.

Here is the list - Top 10 Canine Conditions of 2008 - based on pet insurance claims filed last year.

1. Ear Infections - the most common symptoms are red, itchy or smelly ears
2. Skin Allergies - the most common symptoms are red skin, hair loss, itching
3. Pyoderma/Hot Spots - the most common symptom is a hairless, moist, painful area on the skin, often on the neck or rear end
4. Gastritis/Vomiting - the most common sign is vomiting and/or lack of appetite
5. Enteritis/Diarrhea - the most common symptom is loose or frequent stools
6. Urinary Tract Infections - the most common symptoms are frequent urination, inappropriate urination, or bloody urine
7. Benign Skin Tumors - the most common symptom is an abnormal lump or growth on or under the skin
8. Osteoarthritis - the most common symptoms are lameness, trouble getting up or walking
9. Eye Inflammation - the most common symptoms are a red, irritated or painful eye
10. Hypothyroidism - the most common symptoms are hair loss and weight gain

So ear infections took the lead as the # 1 problem for dogs on the Top 10 List, and benign skin tumors rank #1 in terms of treatment cost - they are the most expensive to treat.

Most of the conditions on this Top 10 List will be accompanied by a noticeable change in the behavior or appearance of your dog. Watch for abnormalities such as lumps, sores, unusual odors or drastic changes in behavior. They are a good sign that it's time to visit the veterinarian.
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