According to a new report from Banfield, a third of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight.
The study, conducted by Banfield, sampled animals at Banfield animal hospitals across the United States. The results suggest that pet obesity continues to be a growing problem for both cats and dogs. Compared to just ten years ago, the number of overweight cats and dogs increased by over 150%.
Like their human counterparts, overweight and obese pets are more likely to develop additional health problems, like diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, overweight pets are more likely to require additional veterinary care. Owners of overweight dogs spend 17% more on veterinary expenses while owners of overweight cats spend 36% more.
For additional information on the pet obesity epidemic — and what you can do to keep your pets happy and healthy — visit Banfield’s State of Pet Health microsite.