Your dog is fat

By , Posted on 26 June 2013

The company recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat obesity-related conditions in 2012, for which more than $34 million claims were made.  Below are the results:

Most Common Dog

Obesity-Related Conditions

Most Common Cat

Obesity-Related Conditions

1.    Arthritis

1.     Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease

2.    Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease

2.     Chronic Kidney Disease

3.    Undiagnosed Limp

3.     Diabetes

4.    Low Thyroid Hormone

4.     Asthma

5.    Liver Disease

5.     Liver Disease

6.    Torn Knee Ligaments

6.     High Blood Pressure

7.    Diseased Disc in the Spine

7.     Arthritis

8.    Diabetes

8.     Undiagnosed Limp

9.    Heart Failure

9.     Heart Failure

10.   Chronic Kidney Disease

10.    Gall Bladder Disorder

VPI recommends the following simple tests to determine if your pet needs to lose weight:

  • You should be able to feel your pet's ribs without pressing.
  • You should see a noticeable "waist" on your pet, between the back of the ribs and the hips, when viewing your pet from above. When looking from the side, your pet's belly should go up from the bottom of the ribcage to inside the thighs.

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Michelle Megna

Michelle Megna

Managing Editor

Michelle Megna has worked as a reporter and editor for many daily newspapers, magazines and websites covering government, education, technology and lifestyles during her 20 years as a journalist. She joined as managing editor in October 2011.

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