Obesity, like in humans, is also a troublesome trend in our furry friends. In fact, according to a recent report from Banfield Pet Hospital, 37 percent more dogs and 90 percent more cats are overweight than they were five years ago.
Banfield, the world’s largest veterinary practice, recently released its State of Pet Health report, detailing findings about pet obesity, as well as other common health problems in dogs and cats.
Arthritis has also increased significantly in the past five years, according to the report, by 38 percent in dogs and 67 percent in cats. Part of this increase may be due to pets’ expanding waistlines. Almost half of dogs with arthritis and nearly 40 percent of cats with the joint disease are also overweight, and there is a similar link between diabetes and high blood pressure in pets that are also overweight.