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Pet Health Monitor 2024

Drawing on PetSure’s data from 2023, our flagship report and white paper features useful insights, tips and expert commentary to provide Australian pet parents with an understanding of common pet health trends, conditions and the associated costs.

Pet Health Monitor 2024

Top five dog health conditions

Top five cat health conditions

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Pet Health: when to monitor & when to see the vet

For most pet parents, staying on top of their pet’s health is a high priority. Illness and injury can arise at any time, and it often occurs outside normal working hours. We provide some practical information to help you navigate some of the most common pet health issues, enabling you to make an informed decision for your pet.

Pet Health Articles

We explore a range of topics such as cancer in pets, living with older pets, the comparison between human vs pet healthcare and putting pets at the forefront of One Health. Read more for practical tips on preventative care, to learn when to monitor your pet’s symptoms or when to head to the vet, and to discover the interdependence of humans and pets.

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Pet health insights from vets in the field

Tick prevention is all year round! Our vets in the community would like to remind pet parents…

Putting pets at the forefront of One Health

“One Health” is a holistic approach to optimising the health of people, animals and the environment through…
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Living with older pets

Pets age faster than humans, with one human year equalling approximately seven in pets. Just like humans, pets go through the various stages of life.
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Human vs pet healthcare comparison

We set out to investigate two common surgeries performed in both humans and animals – hip replacement surgery and cruciate ligament surgery. We explore the similarities and differences of these procedures in addition to treatment costs to illustrate how closely aligned, human and pet healthcare procedures are.

Frequently asked questions

What was the most popular dog in Australia in 2023?

According to 2023 PetSure policy data, the most popular dog was a Cavoodle.

What was the most popular cat in Australia in 2023?

According to 2023 PetSure policy data, the most popular cat was a Domestic Short Hair.

What was the most popular name for cats and dogs in 2023?

According to 2023 PetSure policy data, Luna was the top name for dogs and cats.

What was the top 5 dog health conditions in 2023?

According to PetSure claims data the top 5 health conditions were:

1. Skin infection/allergy
2. Gastrointestinal disease
3. Ear infection
4. Traumatic injury
5. Skin masses

What was the top 5 cat health conditions in 2023?

According to PetSure claims data the top 5 health conditions were:

1. Gastrointestinal disease
2. Traumatic injury
3. Skin infection/allergy
4. Urinary tract disease
5. Eye disease

What can pet parents do to keep their dogs ears healthy (otitis externa)?

Below are some tips and tricks to help keep dogs ears heathy:

· Treat underlying allergies
· Clean the ears every week or two
· Dry ears thoroughly after getting wet
· Act quickly if you notice your dog shaking their head, scratching their ears, or any bad smells, discharge from the ear(s)

What tips and tricks can pet parents do to avoid their dog having an accident?

Below are some tips and tricks to help avoid dogs having an accident:

· Keep claws trimmed so that they don’t become overgrown and catch on things
· Ensure socialisation from an early age to help prevent fights and bite injuries
· Check the yard regularly for any hazards that could result in wounds or other injuries
· Make sure the property is secure to avoid escapees
· Warm up into exercise gradually to help avoid injuries while exercising such as ligament tears

What are tips and tricks you can do to avoid gastrointestinal tract in cats?

Below are some tips and tricks to help avoid gastrointestinal tract in cats:

· Feed a high-quality, vet recommended diet
· Avoid sudden changes in diet, always change food over gradually
· In cases of constipation, increase your cat’s water intake, encourage weight loss, and increase exercise as well as make sure there are plenty of clean litter trays available
· Seek Vet advice early on to help investigate digestive issues before they worsen

What are tips and tricks you can do to avoid eye problems in cats?

Below are some tips and tricks to help avoid eye problems in cats:

· Ensure that environmental irritants like cleaners or other products are not in your cat’s environment
· Always seek out vet attention early for eye problems that may escalate quickly
· Have your vet check for underlying diseases that could be causing eye problems
· Keep your cat indoors to avoid fights that may result in eye injuries