Banfield Pet Hospital is the largest veterinary practice in the world. The organization publishes an annual report, "State of Pet Health," that analyzes data from the over 2 million dogs and almost half a million cats under their care.
Here are some fascinating facts from the 2014 Report:
- The top 10 dog breeds cared for in Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2013 were:
- Labrador Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Shih Tzu
- Pit Bull
- German Shepherd
- Mixed Breed
- The breed that increased the most in popularity over the past ten years was the Yorkshire Terrier, rising over 140 percent.
- 51 percent of the dogs seen at Banfield were toy or small breed dogs (under 20 pounds). Medium dogs (20 - 50 pounds) accounted for 27 percent, large dogs (50 - 90 pounds) were 21 percent, and giant dogs (over 90 pounds) were 2 percent.
- The most common diagnosis of a health issue across all age groups of dogs was dental tartar.
- Almost 2 percent of dogs seen at Banfield had kennel cough. It was most common in dogs under one year of age.
- Over the past five years, the prevalence of lyme disease in dogs has increased over 20 percent. Dogs over 10 years of age were about 10 times as likely to contract lyme disease as dogs under 1 year of age.