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Which States Have the Fattest Pets? Find Out!

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Pet obesity is an unfortunate epidemic that is affecting animals across the country.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2017 State of Pet Health Report has found that one in every three pets that visited one of its facilities in 2016 was diagnosed as overweight or obese. This breaks down to a 196 percent increase in overweight dogs and a 158 percent increase in overweight cats over the past ten years. 

This is a serious concern for pet owners and veterinarians since obesity can lead to a variety of other health issues like arthritis and diabetes. In hopes of helping pets to get healthy, Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2017 State of Pet Health Report contains a comprehensive look at how pet obesity is spreading, what is causing the epidemic and what can be done about it. 

Part of the report, which studied the medical data of 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats, looks into which states are dealing with the largest number of obese pets. Where does your home state rank?

Check out the states with the most overweight cats and dogs.

Highest Prevalence of Overweight Dogs 

  1. Minnesota: 41 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  2. Nebraska: 39 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  3. Michigan: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  4. Idaho: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  5. Nevada: 36 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  6. New Mexico: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  7. Washington: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  8. Utah: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  9. Indiana: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  10. Oregon: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight

Highest Prevalence of Overweight Cats

  1. Minnesota: 46 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  2. Nebraska: 43 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  3. Iowa: 42 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  4. Idaho: 40 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  5. Delaware: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  6. Michigan: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  7. Nevada: 38 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  8. Kansas: 38 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  9. Utah: 37 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  10. New Mexico: 37 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight

To get the full report and learn more about pet obesity, visit Banfield Pet Hospital’s website.