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Pet obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S.

Over the last eight years, there has been a 24 percent increase in claims related to pet obesity, says pet insurance company Nationwide

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Pet obesity has increased in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year, according to pet insurance provider Nationwide.

The company reports nearly 20 percent of its members’ claims in 2017 were for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity, marking a 24 percent increase over the last eight years.

“Obesity can be detrimental to the livelihood of our pets,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary officer for Nationwide.

“Scheduling a routine wellness exam with a veterinarian is an effective way to get started on monitoring a pet’s weight.”

Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 700,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat conditions related to or made worse by obesity.

The most common dog obesity-related conditions are:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Bladder/urinary tract disease
  3. Liver disease
  4. Low thyroid hormone
  5. Torn knee ligaments
  6. Diseased disc in the spine
  7. Diabetes
  8. Chronic kidney disease
  9. Heart failure
  10. High blood pressure

The most common cat obesity-related conditions are:

  1. Bladder/urinary tract disease
  2. Chronic kidney disease
  3. Diabetes
  4. Asthma
  5. Liver disease
  6. Arthritis
  7. High blood pressure
  8. Heart failure
  9. Gall bladder disorder
  10. Immobility of spine
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