Pet Obesity Is On The Rise, Banfield Pet Hospital Report

Banfield Pet Hospital (owned by Mars, Incorporated) which operates more than 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Mexico recently PUBLISHED new data which shows an increasing number of cats and dogs are diagnosed as overweight or obese.

According to data pulled from the Banfield Pet Hospital’s electronic veterinary health records system:

  • Over the last decade, the percentage of dogs diagnosed as overweight or obese increased 108% from 16% in 2011 to 34% in 2020. The increase in cats was greater at 114% from 18% in 2011 to 38% in 2020.
  • From March 2020 to December 2020 dogs diagnosed as overweight or obese increased 2.3% which represented the largest increase at Banfield in the past 10 years.