Pet Conditions

Our veterinarians at the Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray, Pennsylvania have some great advice about the most common reasons why pets visit the vet. Here are the most common conditions in dogs and cats and the symptoms to look out for, which warrant taking your beloved pet in for a vet checkup at the animal hospital.

Most Common Reasons Why Pets Visit Veterinarians

Dogs and cats have different common ailments that our vets regularly see when clients bring them in for a visit.

Here are the lists of the top 10 reasons that dogs and then cats need veterinarian help.

Top 10 Reasons Why Dogs Go to the Vet

  1. Skin Problems: Vets call these problems allergic or atopic dermatitis, which are very common in dogs.
  2. Ear Problems: Infections in the ear come from mite infestations, foreign objects, debris, or excessive wax buildup and yeast.
  3. Skin Tumors: Vets call this skin neoplasia. When they are not cancerous, they are called benign.
  4. Pyoderma: This is a large area of skin, which is causing discomfort that people know as hot spots.
  5. Bone and Joint Problems: Osteoarthritis is very common in dogs, especially as they get older.
  6. Teeth Problems: Periodontitis is a gum disease that dogs get and this can lead to a tooth infection.
  7. Stomach Problems: Dogs eat all kinds of things that can cause an upset stomach.
  8. Intestinal Problems: Intestinal inflammation is common. This is often accompanied by diarrhea.
  9. Bladder Problems: These include urinary tract infections and cystitis.
  10. Anal Gland Problems: These problems can lead to unexpected accidents.

Top 10 Reasons Cats Go to the Vet

  1. Teeth problems: Periodontitis is a gum disease that cats frequently get. This can lead to a tooth infection.
  2. Bladder Problems: These include urinary tract infections and cystitis.
  3. Kidney Problems: Renal disease or failure is very common in cats as they get older.
  4. Stomach Problems: Cats get an upset stomach more easily than dogs do.
  5. Thyroid Problems: Hyperthyroidism is a disease common in cats.
  6. Intestinal Problems: Intestinal inflammation is common in cats and often accompanied by diarrhea.
  7. Diabetic Problems: Diabetes mellitus is something that cats get much more often than dogs do
  8. Bowel Problems: Inflammatory bowel disease is common in cats.
  9. Skin Problems: Cats can have allergic or atopic dermatitis, but it is less frequent than dogs.
  10. Heart Problems: Valvular heart disease or a murmur in the heart is common as cats get older.

Make an Appointment with Our Veterinarians

The veterinarians at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, serving the McMurray area, is ready to help. If you suspect your pet is ill, it is better to be safe than sorry. Bring them in to the animal hospital for a checkup. Call 724-941-5484 to make an appointment and let us know if it is urgent, so we can help right away.


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