Banfield Pet Hospital has released the results of a survey of over 2 million dogs and 450,000 cats that shows increases in certain health problems among U.S. pets, including:
The rates of diabetes in pets are rising faster than for humans. From 2006 to 2010, diabetes rates in U.S. dogs increased by over 30 percent, and by 16 percent in cats. In humans, the rate rose 10 percent over the same four year period.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, DVM and chief medical officer for Banfield:
“We have increasing obesity in dogs and cats, just like in humans. It’s no mystery how that occurs: overfeeding and lack of exercise.”