April is winding down and Spring will soon turn to Summer. Did you know that certain pet health conditions occur during a particular month, or season? PetPlan is an industry leader in pet insurance, and disclaimer here, insures me, Taffy and Rhette. After discovering what sends pets to the vet every month, Petplan found that the timing of some conditions weren’t surprising, while others had everyone stumped.
PetPlan tracked patterns in pet health conditions for one year. It’s not surprising of course, November’s top condition treated is for stomach problems. Not just for pet parents, but it seems that pets are over eating or eating the wrong table scraps, causing digestive problems.
Top 3 Pet Health Conditions
According to PetPlan’s Calendar of Catastrophes, the top three pet health conditions, based on their pet insurance data, are:
- January: cruciate injuries
- June: cancer
- March: intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
January possibly makes sense, especially if you’re in a climate that gets a lot of snow, dogs could easily slip and slide on ice, injuring their legs or knees.
But June, cancer, and March, IVDD? We can’t find any explanation for that and neither does PetPlan. But they do have theories on some of the other months. For instance, February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so an increase in treatments for periodontal disease can be easily explained. Other possible theories are October’s claims for ear infections are caused by allergies, I can attest to that. Or April’s claims for foreign body ingestions are a result of dogs being cooped up indoors over a long winter. That sounds about right for Taffy.
We are almost to the month of May, with bite wounds leading the claims for that month. The theory for this condition is as the nice weather arrives more dogs are enjoying the outdoors and parks where they’ll likely come in contact with other dogs. Both Taffy and I have had our share of bite wounds so take this as a warning, please know how to control your pets.
Have you noticed a trend with your pets and the months they get sick or injured? We would love to hear your thoughts on why some of these conditions occur in certain months. Have a great summer, but be careful out there, okay?