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Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2017 State of Pet Health Report finds one in three U.S. pets is overweight


Number of overweight pets more than doubled in past 10 years

Mars is committed to Making a Better World for Pets—and that includes sharing research with pet owners and the veterinary profession that raises awareness about critical pet health trends. Banfield Pet Hospital® today released its 2017 State of Pet Health Report, highlighting a widespread increase of overweight pets nationwide—in the past 10 years, Banfield witnessed a 169 percent increase in overweight cats and a 158 percent increase in overweight dogs.

The largest report of its kind, the State of Pet Health Report captures medical data from the more than 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats Banfield cared for in 2016. Each Banfield hospital associate contributed to this report—every day, Banfield veterinary teams enter data from pet visits that are collected and analyzed for this report by Banfield’s research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK).

“At Banfield, we deeply believe in preventive care and early disease diagnosis—a key component of which is the partnership between pet owners and veterinarians,” said Dr. Daniel Aja, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Banfield Pet Hospital. “As our 2017 State of Pet Health Report shows, overweight pets—and the many related conditions associated with those extra pounds—are critical issues that we strive to both educate pet owners on and address in partnership with our clients to ultimately help pets live their best life.”

Being overweight does not simply impact how a pet looks or feels. It is also associated with other chronic conditions that can have negative consequences for a pet’s overall health and quality of life. And those extra pounds don’t stop at negatively impacting pets—owners of overweight and obese pets pay considerably more in healthcare costs than those of healthy-weight dogs.

We are proud to share the 2017 State of Pet Health Report with Mars associates and hope that it is useful as Mars collectively partners with pet owners to provide education, exceptional veterinary care and high quality nutrition—all in service to making A Better World for Pets.

To learn more about pet-obesity trends, the State of Pet Health Report and tips for addressing weight issues, visit