TABLEĀ 1:

The 10 most frequently recorded clinical signs for (a) all problems, presenting problems and non-presenting problems and (b) the three most frequently presented species, during direct observation of small animal consultations

(a)
All problems (n=3206)Presenting problems (n=1211)Non-presenting problems (n=1995)
Clinical signnPer cent *Clinical signnPer cent*Clinical signnPer cent*
Skin lump1514.7Inappetence1038.5Skin lump1035.2
Vomiting1304.1Vomiting756.2Overweight/obese944.7
Inappetence1243.9Lameness756.2Vomiting552.8
Lameness1063.3Diarrhoea645.3Polydipsia492.5
Diarrhoea1043.2Lethargic574.7Weight loss462.3
Weight loss1003.1Weight loss544.5Diarrhoea402.0
Overweight/obese942.9Pruritus534.4Ocular discharge392.0
Polydipsia902.8Skin lump484.0Behavioural problem381.9
Pruritus822.6Polydipsia413.4Weight gain331.7
Ocular discharge732.3Pain403.3Lameness311.6
(b)
Dog (n=2158)Cat (n=881)Rabbit (n=103)
Clinical signnPer cent*Clinical signnPer cent*Clinical signnPer cent*
Skin lump1255.8Vomiting546.1Inappetence1312.6
Lameness853.9Weight loss536.0Ocular discharge98.7
Diarrhoea783.6Inappetence515.8Matted fur65.8
Vomiting763.5Polydipsia364.1Overweight/obese65.8
Pruritus713.3Ocular discharge252.8Dragging limb54.9
Overweight/obese653.0Lethargy232.6Overgrown incisors54.9
Polydipsia522.4Overweight/obese232.6Ataxia43.9
Licking feet502.3Diarrhoea212.4Dental abnormality32.9
Inappetence472.2Fussy with food212.4Scabs32.9
Weight loss432.0Haematuria212.4Weight loss32.9
  • *Percentages shown are based on the total number of problems for each problem type or species