Banfield report: obesity, osteoarthritis on the rise in veterinary patients

The ninth annual Banfield State of Pet Health Report focused on two intertwined problems: obesity and joint disease.

According to the State of Pet Health 2019 Report, released last month by Banfield Pet Hospital, dogs and cats are more likely to be affected by osteoarthritis (OA) today than they were 10 years ago. According to a company press release, the hospital chain has seen a 66% increase of OA in dogs and a 150% increase in cats over the past decade.

What’s more, the connection between OA and overweight is undeniable; 52% of the dogs and 41% of the cats with OA cared for in 2018 at Banfield practices were obese. (According to Nationwide, one in three dogs and cats are overweight.) The report makes the point that OA and overweight are part of a vicious cycle that worsens the joint disease: The pet experiences arthritic changes, which lead to reduced mobility, potential weight gain and, ultimately, progressive arthritic changes.

Compiled from data culled from more than 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats seen at Banfield Pet Hospitals each year, the annual State of Pet Health Report explores a specific clinical area in depth to provide trends along with prevention and treatment advice for pet owners.

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