Study: Pet Obesity on the Rise for the 7th Year in a Row

Is losing weight on your pet’s New Year’s resolution list? According to a recent survey, it should be, because pet obesity is still a growing (no pun intended) problem.


Data gathered at Nationwide reveals a worrying information: pet obesity is on the rise for the seventh straight year. Out of more than 1.4 million pet insurance claims in 2016, a whopping 20% were conditions and diseases linked to obesity. This roughly translates to more than $62 million in vet bills!


Obesity-related claims had a 24 percent growth over the last four years, and the troubling rise of preventable health issues in pets has had a considerable impact on the quality of our companions’ lives. Excessive body fat in dogs and cats can shorten their life expectancy and cause a myriad of diseases, such as:


  • Arthritis
  • Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  • Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Failure


As a pet parent, making tough decisions is a part of your job, and the same goes for your pet’s eating habits. But the new year is the perfect opportunity to create regular exercise routines and manage eating habits for our pets – just like the resolutions we set for ourselves! In case you’re unsure if your pet is just chubby or overweight, visit the vet. They will help you determine which category your four-legged baby falls into, and, if needed, make a weight loss protocol that will improve your pet’s health and quality of life.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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