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State of Pet Health 2014 Report

This annual report analyzes data captured across 850+ pet hospitals from nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats. These data allow us to identify trends in disease diagnoses, geographic prevalence, lifespans, breed popularity and more.

Focus: Infectious Diseases

This year's report shines a light on important infectious diseases dogs and cats can catch. The contagious nature of these illnesses makes early detection especially crucial.

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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a species of bacteria carried by deer ticks that can lead to illnesses like kidney disease and arthritis.

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Cats can also catch Lyme disease, but are mostly resistant to it.

Giardia Infection

Giardia is a microscopic parasite that attaches itself to the lining of a dog’s small intestine, causing the disease giardiasis.

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Although cats are also susceptible to Giardia infection, it is uncommon for cats to be diagnosed with giardiasis.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can occasionally lead to pneumonia if left untreated.

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Canine Parvovirus Infection

Highly contagious, the canine parvovirus attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal tract and is transmitted via an infected dog’s feces.

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Ear Mites

Ear mites are highly contagious parasitic insects that live inside a pet’s ear canal, feeding on ear wax and skin oils.

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While dogs are susceptible to ear mite infestation, it is much more common in cats.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) weakens a cat’s immune system, leaving it vulnerable to serious infections.

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Feline Leukemia Virus

The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is often passed from mother to kitten, or via exposure to an infected cat’s body fluids.

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Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

Feline upper respiratory infection (URI) is a broad term describing various nose, sinus and throat infections in cats, usually caused by viruses.

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There’s More. Much More.

These are just a handful of the many diseases threatening the health of dogs and cats. Explore the full report and browse our archives to find out more.

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