Pet obesity at epidemic proportions

  |   Animal Health

Banfield Pet Hospital, in partnership with the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)®, released the fourth annual Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report. Focused on overweight pets and weight management, this year’s report builds on the 2019 findings related to osteoarthritis in pets and its relationship with excess weight.

The prevalence of overweight and obese pets has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., with the 2020 VET Report revealing 51% of the 1.9 million adult dogs seen at Banfield’s more than 1,000 hospitals nationwide in 2018 were overweight. Regardless of their age, less than 10% of those pets successfully lose weight following diagnosis, and of those that do, roughly 40% resume their overweight status within 12 months.

These numbers are extremely concerning. As the number of obese pets continues to grow, the diseases commonly associated with excess weight, including osteoarthritis, are on the rise as well. By working together as a profession, in our hospitals and in partnership with our clients, we can make a positive impact. Banfield’s 2020 VET Report provides all veterinary professionals with tools and insights so that they can help pet owners improve their pets’ comfort, mobility and quality of life—with the goal of reversing these startling trends.

For more information or to download the full report, visit


Posted February 14, 2020