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These Are the Most Common Accidents and Illnesses for Cats and Dogs

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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance released a new report.

SEATTLE, WA — Healthy Paws Pet Insurance has released a list of the most common accidents and illnesses for cats and dogs.

The company’s new Cost of Pet Health Care report is based on data from about 200,000 claims submitted by Healthy Paws pet parents from June 2016 to June 2017.

For both dogs and cats, stomach issues ranked as the No. 1 ailment, with vet costs reaching as high as $6,500.

The free report provides detail regarding the top 10 accident and illness claims for both dogs and cats, including the symptoms for each condition, pet parents’ personal stories with specific ailments and the related costs. According to the report, while veterinary science has developed at a rate similar to human medicine, the cost for such high tech healthcare for pets can be quite a burden.

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“Last year we wanted to focus on veterinary innovation; this year, the report goes further into what pet parents can expect at the vet and what’s covered with pet insurance,” said Rob Jackson, CEO and co-founder of Healthy Paws Pet Insurance. “While most pet parents are willing to do anything to keep pets happy and healthy, they might not realize how helpful pet insurance can be in attaining this goal.”

Here are the full lists for dogs and cats:

Top Accidents & Illnesses for Dogs

  1. Stomach Issues
  2. Skin Conditions
  3. Ear Infections
  4. Eye Conditions
  5. Pain
  6. Growth/Lump
  7. Urinary Tract Infections
  8. Allergies
  9. Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  10. Limping

Top Accidents & Illnesses for Cats

  1. Stomach Issues
  2. Urinary Tract Infections
  3. Skin Conditions
  4. Kidney Disease
  5. Cancer
  6. Heart Conditions
  7. Eye Conditions
  8. Ear Infections
  9. Diabetes
  10. Upper Respiratory Infection

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US Pet Food Spending Falls to $28.9B

The segment accounts for 37% of total US pet spending.

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Pet food spending in the U.S. fell by 7.3 percent in 2018 to $28.85 billion, according to the Pet Business Professor blog.

The $2.27 billion decrease stood in contrast to 2017, when food spending grew by $4.6 billion “due to a deeper market penetration of super premium foods,” the blog’s John Gibbons writes.

A small increase in pet food spending had been anticipated in 2018. The unexpected decrease “was likely due to the reaction to the FDA warning on grain free dog food,” Gibbons explained, noting: “A pattern of over 20 years was broken by 1 statement.”

Pet food spending has been choppy since 1997, with the general pattern being “2 years up then spending goes flat or turns downward for a year,” according to the blog.

Total pet spending in the U.S. climbed by 1.9 percent in 2018 to reach $78.6 billion, according to the blog. The pet food segment accounts for 37 percent of total U.S. pet spending.

 

 

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Video: Brave Housecat Fends Off 3 Coyotes

This feline showed moxie.

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A cat in the Highland Park neighborhood could have been in serious trouble when three coyotes came along.

But Max, who belongs to Maya Gurrin, showed amazing courage, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Max was surrounded, and the coyotes were nipping at him. But Max showed no fear. He even caused one of the coyotes to back away and jump onto a nearby wall.

“He’s always been crazy,” Gurrin said. “Like, if this were to happen with any cat, it would be him.”

The entire scene was captured on security camera.

As tough as Max may be, his owners have nonetheless decided not to let him roam outdoors anymore.

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Dogs May Be More Perceptive Than We Ever Realized, Study Finds

Even untrained strays can read human gestures.

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Dogs seem to be able to interpret human gestures even when they’ve had no training, a new study has found.

As any dog owner knows, pet canines understand commands and gestures with ease. A group of researchers set out to determine whether these capabilities are innate or require training, according to a report from Frontiers Science News.

The researchers looked specifically at pointing, with Dr. Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studing stray dogs in several Indian cities.

“The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground near them,” Frontieers Science News reports. “A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl.”

About 80 percent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures.

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“We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” Bhadra was quoted saying. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.”

The research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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