Banfield® Pet Hospital Releases State Of Pet Health 2012 Report, New Findings Reveal Chronic Diseases On The Rise
This article discusses the results of some analysis that Banfield (a corporate veterinary hospital chain) performed on their 2011 patient data. Banfield looked at five chronic diseases to identify trends in how owners perceive illness and the need for veterinary care for their pets. The five disease states were: overweight and obesity, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease and heart disease.
Here are a few interesting details from the article:
• The report shows an increase in chronic diseases, but only 36 percent of dog owners and 28 percent of cat owners said they would take their pet to see a veterinarian to manage an existing disease or condition.
• Overweight and obesity increased 37 percent in dogs and 90 percent in cats, whereas arthritis increased 38 percent in dogs and 67 percent in cats.
• Despite the fact that there are more cats than dogs in the United States, Banfield treated 1.5 million more dogs than cats in 2011.
Banfield has a website for clients based on the report. You can look at that at this link.