Banfield Pet Hospital has released “The State of Pet Health 2016,” a comprehensive report comprised of medical data from 2.5 million dogs and nearly 500,000 cats.
Created by Banfield’s research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), the report analyzes data from 3 million total pets cared for in 2015 in Banfield’s 925 hospitals spanning 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It documents trends from the past 10 years and highlights the most common diagnoses affecting cats and dogs.
The data are broken down into distinct health sections, covering diabetes mellitus, heartworm disease, dental disease, otitis externa, fleas and ticks and internal parasites.
“Now in its sixth year, this report was created because we wanted to use our knowledge and research to help educate pet owners and raise profession-wide awareness for some of the most common and important diagnoses affecting the health of pets in the United States,” said Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield Pet Hospital. “It is our hope that the information in this report continues to serve as a catalyst for pet owners to partner with veterinary teams to help pets live better lives through preventive care.”...
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