Despite spending $32 billion annually on food  in the US, our pets are less healthy than they've ever been. Diabetes, cancer and obesity at all-time high levels. Many factors drive this health epidemic, including things in our control like diet, calorie intake and exercise. We need to be aware of these risks so we can better protect our dogs and reduce the likelihood of them contracting one of these diseases. 

 

CANINE OBESITY IS UP 98%

Over the past 10 years, the number of obese dogs has nearly doubled from 10% to 20% of the US dog population*.  Experts are divided on exactly what is causing this health crisis, but some of the more common explanations are overfeeding, lack of exercise, and ,starchy, carbohydrate-laden dog food. In addition, most pet parents don’t know how to identify if their pet has a weight problem and many vets are hesitant to tell pet parents their dog has a weight problem.

It is estimated that obesity-related health bills cost US pet parents over $200 million every year**!

Sources: *Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 2018; **Nationwide Insurance and COAST+RANGE estimates, 2018

CANINE CANCER IS UP 84%

Sadly, according to leading pet health experts interviewed in 2018 by TheTruthAboutCancer.com, 1 in 1.65 dogs will get cancer. This is up 84% from 2010 when the Wall Street Journal, reported that 1 in 3 US dogs were affected by cancer.  The most common types of canine cancer are: Lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumor, cancer of the spleen, cancer of the eyelid, and liver cancer. Also, certain dog breeds are at a higher risk for cancer including: Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever and the Boxer.

DIABETES IS UP 69%

Over the last 10 years the rate of diabetes in dogs has grown by 69%*.  Our COAST+RANGE nutrition experts believe there are several factors driving the increase including diets that contain too many starchy carbohydrates, lack of exercise and genetics. Older dogs that have been exposed to the risk factors for diabetes are at a higher risk, as well as certain breeds of dogs like Australian Terriers, Standard and Miniature Schnauzers, Dachshunds, Poodles, Keeshonds, and Samoyeds**.

Sources: *Banfield Pet Health Study 2009-2015, 2016-18 estimated as Banfield no longer reports this data. **PetMD, 2017