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According to the last count which was done in 2012 there are approximately 783 000 dogs in Sweden. This represents an increase of eight percent compared to the count that was done in 2006. Almost 70 percent of the dogs live in families without children. This is an increase of five percent since 2006. There is a trend that the number of dogs are declining in the big cities.

The number of dogs in Sweden increased with 8 percent (55 000) from 2006 to 2012. Photo: Bengt Ekberg/SVA

The health status of dogs in Sweden regarding infectious diseases is generally good. The National Veterinary Institute publishes every year a report on the surveillance activities carried out in Sweden during the past year, for animal diseases and zoonotic agents in humans, food, feed and animals.

The Swedish Board of Agriculture 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 diagnosis 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.

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