PET OBESITY ON THE RISE

New data from Nationwide, a provider of pet health insurance, reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the fifth straight year, according to a release.  In 2014, Nationwide members filed more than $54 million in pet insurance claims for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity, a 10 percent growth over the past two years.  Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 550,000 insured pets to determine the top-10 dog and cat obesity-related conditions.

The most common obesity-related condition for dogs included 1) arthritis, 2) bladder/urinary tract disease and 3) low thyroid hormone production.  The most common cat obesity-related conditions included 1) bladder/urinary tract disease, 2) chronic kidney disease and 3) diabetes.

In 2014, Nationwide received more than 42,000 pet insurance claims for arthritis in canines, the most common disease aggravated by excessive weight, which carried an average treatment fee of $292 per pet.  With more than 4,700 pet insurance claims, bladder or urinary tract disease was the most common obesity-related condition in cats, which had an average claim amount of $424 per pet.