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There are around a million dogs registered in Sweden. SVA monitors their health status and diseases through sampling and laboratory analyses of material sent in by local Veterinarians. The instititute publishes the results in annual reports by itself or in cooperation with other governmental agencies.

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The number of dogs in Sweden has increased to around a million animals during the 2000's. Photo: iStock

The health status of dogs in Sweden regarding infectious diseases is generally good. Sweden has been free from rabies since the late 19th century, but concerns have been raised for a reintroduction due to an increase in the number of imported pets.

SVA publishes an annual report on the surveillance activities carried out in Sweden, for animal diseases and zoonotic agents in humans, food, feed and animals. The Swedish Board of Agriculture also publishes an annual report on notifiable diseases of animals.

Regarding antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption in both human and veterinary medicine Sweden is still in a good situation. The Swedres-Svarm report is an integrated report from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the National Veterinary Institute.

Swedish pet owners have a long tradition of buying veterinary care insurances for their pets. Almost 80 percent of the dogs in Sweden have a veterinary care insurance. Insurance data from the biggest animal insurance company in Sweden, Agria Djurförsäkring, shows that the five most common diagnoses for dogs getting veterinary attention are inflammation of the uterus, skin tumors, mammary tumors, inflammation of the ear and different kinds of traumatic skin injuries.

Last updated : 2022-01-23