Banfield Releases 2019 State of Pet Health Report

Banfield Pet Hospital’s annual State of Pet Health Report analyzes data from over 2.5 million dogs and half a million cats that are patients at their veterinary offices in the US.

You can check out the full report on the Banfield website, including interactive features like checking on the most common pet health issues in your state, by dog or cat.

What are the most common pet health issues seen at Banfield?

  • Dental calculus (tartar)
  • Overweight
  • Otitis externa (ear infection)
  • Luxating patella
  • Nuclear sclerosis (cloudy eye)

Banfield also reports a significant increase in the diagnosis of osteoarthritis in both dogs and cats.  They note that this increase is primarily due to the growing problem of obesity in our pets, as extra weight puts stress on their joints.

Skin allergies are also commonly seen in the pets brought to Banfield.  The three most common are:

  • Flea allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies

Be sure to keep your pet at a healthy weight and talk to your veterinarian about any health concerns you have about your best friend!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Banfield Releases 2019 State of Pet Health Report

    • Yes! I did the same for our state and then checked some others for comparison. There was quite an interesting range, I’m sure at least partially correlated with income and ability to pay for regular veterinary care.

      • And weather. Waay too many states with heat indexes hovering around boiling and a high incidence of fleas and heartworm. Um, no thank you. The saddest part of the stats center around obesity even in my exercise crazy state.

      • Yes good point. Once again, so many of these problems–dental disease, obesity, parasites–are preventable! I also appreciate Banfield pointing out the connection between arthritis and obesity.

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