Pet Obesity Is On the Rise

Data from insurer Nationwide reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the seventh straight year.

Nationwide members filed more than 1.4 million pet insurance claims in 2016, of which 20 percent were for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity- equaling a sum of more than $62 million in veterinary expenses.

The boost in total obesity-related claims signifies a 24 percent growth over the last four years.

Similar to their human counterparts, excessive body fat increases the risk of preventable health issues and may shorten the life expectancy of dogs and cats. Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 630,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat obesity-related conditions.

Nationwide suggests pet owners take these simple steps to help regulate their pet’s weight:

  • Avoid feeding your pet table scraps.
  • Keep a consistent diet by monitoring the amount of food you give your pet.
  • Regulate the amount of treats you give your pet.
  • Establish a healthy and fun exercise schedule.
  • Consult your veterinarian to best determine your pet’s weight loss protocol.

One of America’s most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Statistics show that pet owners should share that goal with their dogs and cats. Find out more at

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