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Table 4 The overall mortality rate per 10,000 dog-years at risk (DYAR), the number dead and the specific diagnosis proportional mortality (SP) overall for the five most common specific diagnoses within diagnostic category for all dogs life-insured at Agria1 between years 1995–2000.

From: Mortality in over 350,000 Insured Swedish dogs from 1995–2000: I. Breed-, Gender-, Age- and Cause-specific Rates

Diagnostic category (SP:5)2 Specific diagnosis Number of deaths Mortality (per 10,000 DYAR) SP3
Tumour (39%) Mammary tumour 542 5 (5–5) 10
  Lymphosarcoma, blood and    
  bloodproducing organs 501 5 (4–5) 9
  Lymphosarcoma, whole animal 393 4 (3–4) 7
  Liver tumour 385 4 (3–4) 7
  Tumour in lung 339 3 (3–3) 6
Trauma (73%) Car accident 2342 21 (20–22) 44
  Lost 416 4 (3–4) 8
  Drowning 378 3 (3–4) 7
  Train accident 347 3 (3–3) 7
  Lost during hunting 344 3 (3–3) 7
Locomotor disorders (54%) Hip dysplasia 844 8 (7–8) 20
  Disc herniation 622 6 (5–6) 15
  Lumbosacral instability 322 3 (2–3) 8
  Chronic deforming arthrosis, elbow joint 294 3 (2–3) 7
  Cruciate rupture 176 2 (1–2) 4
Heart (77%) Signs of heart failure 723 7 (6–7) 31
  Signs of heart disease, no cause defined 354 3 (3–4) 15
  Cardiomyopathy 295 3 (2–3) 12
  Dilated cardiomyopathy 223 2 (2–2) 9
  Endocardiosis (myxomatous valvular disease) 218 2 (1–2) 9
Neurologic (82%) Idiopathic epilepsy 968 9 (8–9) 52
  Epileptiforme seizures 350 3 (3–4) 19
  Signs of disease without defined cause, cerebrum 115 1 (1–1) 6
  Acute inflammatory conditions, meninges 57 0.5 (0.4–0.7) 3
  Progressive chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy 49 0.4 (0.3–0.6) 3
Other (33%) Dead- no diagnosis 2111 19 (18–20) 18
  Pyometra 544 5 (4–5) 5
  Signs of disease, no cause defined, kidney or/and ureters 497 5 (4–5) 4
  Diabetes mellitus 474 4 (4–5) 4
  Liver insufficiency 358 3 (3–4) 3
  1. 1 – Agria Insurance, PO 70306, SE-107 23 Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2 – SP:5 = number dead within 5 specific diagnoses/number dead in this diagnostic category)*100
  3. 3 – SP = specific diagnosis proportional mortality = number dead with the specific diagnosis/number dead in this diagnostic category)*100