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Obesity and Osteoarthritis: Top Five Most Common Dog Breeds

It’s officially the season of falling temperatures, leaves, and motivation to go outside. Don’t get us wrong—we love PSLs and a good scary movie as much as the next person, but there’s no doubt the theme of the season is hearty food and cozy time inside. And that can lead to more pets coming in a little heavier than the last time you saw them.  

Top Five Most Common Dog Breeds

As a data-driven company, we naturally looked at our claims when thinking about pets and their weight. Wondering which dog breeds claim for obesity most often, we found these five at the top:

  • Golden retriever
  • Labrador retriever
  • Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • English bulldog
  • Pug

As you well know, obesity in pets can lead to a host of medical consequences, but one that’s been in the news lately is osteoarthritis. We decided to take a look at our claim data for this condition as well, and we found that of the dogs who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, 35% of them were noted as being overweight.

Not only that, many of the dog breeds who ranked in the top five for obesity claims also ranked in the top five for osteoarthritis:

  • German shepherd
  • Golden retriever
  • English bulldog
  • Labrador retriever
  • Bernese mountain dog

Is any of this data surprising to you? Let us know!

Tools to Support Your Conversations with Pet Owners

Before pet owners get too cozy, share these infographics on your social media or as part of your wellness conversations. Just right-click the image, save to your computer, and post!

Healthy snacks for pets—especially useful during the many fall and winter holidays.

Common conditions of overweight cats and dogs, including average annual costs.

Caloric comparisons of common treats for cats and dogs.

A visual guide for assessing a dog’s weight.

Did the top breeds surprise you?

Which breed do you think would be the next most common to claim for obesity after the five listed above? Tell us in our October poll question!

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