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The State of Pet Health in 2013 – The Banfield Report


Chihuahua Wearing EyeglassesLast year, I shared a summary of Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2012 report on the state of pet health in America. The report was full of interesting information on the common ailments and diseases they see in the cats and dogs who visit their hospitals. It also called out a disturbing trend being seen in both types of pets – an increase in pet obesity.

In their 2013 State of Pet Health Report, Banfield shares even more interesting information on the average lifespan of pets and some frequently occurring themes (also seen in the 2012 report). This year’s report provides pet owners and veterinarians with even greater insight into the health of all our pets and where we should be focusing our attention.

Here is a summary of some of the more interesting findings:

  • Toy or smaller breed dogs live 41% longer than large breed dogs.
  • Large breeds reach their senior years (6 years of age) much earlier than small or toy breeds (10 years of age).
  • The average life span for cats is 12.1 years while for dogs it varied depending on size (small/toy breeds-11.3 years, medium breeds-10.8 years and large breeds-11.1 years).
  • Interesting enough, Montana and Colorado had the longest average life spans for both cats and dogs.
  • Spayed and neutered cats lived longer than unspayed and unneutered cats by 39% and 62% respectively, while unspayed dogs and unneutered dogs did so by 23% and 18%.
  • Two of the five states with the shortest lifespans (Mississippi and Louisiana) have the highest number of unspayed and unneutered dogs.
  • By far, the most common diagnoses seen in cats and dogs (for young adults to geriatric) was dental tartar and obesity. 37% of dogs and 90% of cats were overweight or obese and 91% of dogs over the age of  three had dental disease.
  • Heartworm infection is one of the top three diagnoses for pets living in southern states, whereas Lyme disease was more prevalent in the northeast.
  • In Minnesota, the top five diagnoses were listed as: dental tartar, overweight, Stage 1 periodontal disease,  ear infections and gingivitis.

Curious about your own state’s statistics? Or, looking to compare your state with another state? Banfield has created an interactive map to help you find out more information.

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  1. August 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Thanks for the summary of the report. Hopefully as we become more aware of the obesity problem, more pet owners will address it head on instead of being in denial.

  2. August 5, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Reblogged this on DoggyMom.com and commented:
    As most of my regular readers know, I’m passionate about holistic health for our dogs. It helps, though, when we have statistics like the Banfield State of Pet Health Report 2013 to show us the ailments that are more common. In this report, we see that obesity and dental health are 2 major problems.

    So ask yourself honestly – is my dog a bit heavier than he/she should be? Is the dog’s bad breath a sign of something more sinister? Through my practice, I can help dogs with both conditions (plus others, like arthritis).

    Get in touch!

  3. August 5, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Love that interactive map. That was very interesting to look at. And thanks for the summary. I would love to see more about the effects of spaying & neutering on a dog’s lifespan.

  4. August 5, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    How sad that weight and dental are top issues when both are fairly simple to keep in check! Interesting stats, thanks for sharing.

  5. August 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    We’ve found the same to be true as far as dental problems. With 10 small dogs in our family, we’re constantly sending someone to the vet for a dental cleaning.

  6. jan
    August 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Dental disease and obesity would seem to indicate that dogs are being fed too much of the wrong things, like too much starch and sugar. Hopefully people won’t equate food with love when they realize the dog’s life is on the line.

  7. ash
    August 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Interesting info. thanks for the links!

  8. August 17, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Dog lifespan depends on how you care them especially their nutrition. A dog owner must be aware of the things that are happening to their dog. Any unusual behavior should be noted to avoid problems later on.

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