Petplan Reveals the “Biggest” Health Threat to Pets in 2017

Petplan Reveals the “Biggest” Health Threat to Pets in 2017


Petplan’s most frequently claimed conditions have one thing in common

Newtown Square, PA (December 20, 2016) – For many humans, the start of a new year means it’s time to hit the gym and squeeze back into those skinny jeans — and according to Petplan claims data, the same should go for furry friends. That’s because Petplan’s most frequently claimed conditions have one thing in common: obesity.

“It’s no surprise that the biggest health threat to pets in 2017 is obesity”, says Dr. Ernie Ward, Petplan Veterinary Advisory Board member and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. “When you consider that over half of the nation’s dogs and cats are now overweight or obese, it literally is a growing problem.

The good news is, unlike many of these conditions, pet obesity is 100% preventable and curable. “In addition to daily exercise, swap fatty treats for lower-calorie options, or better yet opt for praise and playtime instead of snacks”, says Dr. Ward. “And know your pet’s calorie count — ask your vet how many calories your pet needs each day, and stick to that number.”

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