The number of dogs suffering with arthritis has tripled, figures show, as vets warn more pampered pets are struggle with obesity.
An “explosion” in overweight dogs is believed to be behind a dramatic increase in cases of arthritis among man’s best friend, according to new research.
Figures released by pet insurer Animal Friends shows the number of claims for treatment for the disease have more than trebled since 2015.
The research, based on a study of 20,000 pet health records, also predicts cases of the disease are set to increase even further, with veterinary experts warning pet owners are making their pets fat by overfeeding them and indulging them with scraps and treats.
The breeds most likely to develop the condition are Golden Retrievers, followed by Labrador Retrievers, Greyhounds, Boxers and Rottweilers.
Sean Wensley, President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) said: “It is entirely plausible that we are experiencing a pet obesity epidemic, with increasing numbers of pets – including dogs – that are overweight or obese.
“And we know that carrying excess weight is a clear risk factor for arthritis. The chief reason is that owners are giving their pets excess or inappropriate food.
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source: The Telegraph News