Millions are being spent on obese pet vet bills.
Before you feed your cat or dog one more table scrap, consider the hundreds of dollars it may cost you to treat their obesity-related health problems.
Pet insurer Nationwide says pets are getting fatter and it’s causing more trouble. Their records show a 23 percent increase in obesity-related claims in the last three years. In 2015, those claim costs topped $60 million and are still on the rise.
The costs add up quickly. To treat arthritis—the most common weight-related disease in canines—will cost $295, and for cats most common bladder and urinary tract disease could cost you $442.
|Most Common Dog |
|Most Common Cat |
|1. Arthritis||1. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease|
|2. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease||2. Chronic Kidney Disease|
|3. Low Thyroid Hormone Production||3. Diabetes|
|4. Liver Disease||4. Asthma|
|5. Torn Knee Ligaments||5. Liver Disease|
|6. Diabetes||6. Arthritis|
|7. Diseased Disc in the Spine||7. High Blood Pressure|
|8. Chronic Kidney Disease||8. Heart Failure|
|9. Heart Failure||9. Gall Bladder Disorder|
|10. Fatty Growth||10. Immobility of Spine|
We tried to find a comparable list for humans. Consumer Health Digest, an online publication, has this list but doesn’t list a source, so take it with a grain of salt…
|Most Common Human |
|1.High Blood Pressure|
|4.High Cholesterol Levels|
Either way, it’s time to put the treats down and get your pet some cardio.
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