BluePearl Pet Hospital releases annual pet health trends report, revealing the most pressing health issues facing pets today

Leveraging medical data from over 100 BluePearl hospitals and more than 1.29 million pets seen in 2021, this report provides a comprehensive view of pet welfare in the United States

TAMPA, Florida., February 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — BluePearl Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital today released its 2021 Pet Health Trends Report which reveals the year’s most popular pet names and breeds, top pet diagnoses and toxicities, trends on obesity and pet blood donation, and more. Drawing on medical data from more than 184,000 cats, 662,000 dogs and 11,500 other species (i.e. birds and reptiles), this report highlights the most pressing health issues facing are facing pets in the United States today.

BluePearl is one of the largest advanced animal care providers in the United States with over 100 hospitals in 29 states. In 2021, BluePearl Associates cared for over 850,000 pets, representing 1.29 million pet visits. By analyzing these visits, BluePearl found that not only does pet ownership continue to increase (particularly among cats and dogs under the age of two), but each year more and more people choose for pet insurance. In fact, the number of BluePearl customers with pet insurance increased from 18% in 2020 to 20% in 2021. Additionally, the percentage of people with used pet insurance at BluePearl was the highest among 25 to 44 year olds (Millennials).

“As one of the largest providers of specialty and emergency veterinary care in the United States, we have a responsibility to use our medical data for the well-being of companion animals and their owners,” said said dr. Nicholas Nelson, Chairman of BluePearl. “We believe that educating pet owners focused on prevention and awareness can make a huge difference in how owners care for their pets and that’s what we hope to achieve through this report. annual report on trends in pet health.While our mission is to provide outstanding care for pets, BluePearl is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all pets through prevention and encourages owners to take steps to ensure that animals live happy and healthy lives.”

Other key findings from BluePearl’s Pet Health Trends Report include:

  • Chocolate toxicity remained BluePearl’s top toxicant, followed closely by marijuana poisoning. While chocolate toxicity has continued to decline over the past three years, marijuana toxicity has remained stable. BluePearl predicts marijuana toxicity will surpass chocolate toxicity in 2022 or 2023 as more states legalize recreational use of the substance.

  • The mix of names for dogs and cats didn’t differ significantly from 2020, but there was one new name on the list of dog names: Coco.

  • Vomiting was the most common emergency diagnosis for pets, followed by diarrhea and dog bites.

  • The number of overweight dogs treated at BluePearl over the past eight years has increased by 24%. In 2021, 52% of dogs and 42% of cats treated at BluePearl were overweight.

  • Since the start of the pandemic, BluePearl has seen a 22% drop in pet blood donations.

“BluePearl’s 2021 Pet Health Trends Report provides valuable pet health insights that can be leveraged by both pet owners and veterinary professionals,” said Dr. . James Barre, chief medical officer at BluePearl. “Issues such as pet obesity and insufficient blood bank donations go far beyond a single pet or hospital team; they impact the entire the pet care ecosystem. We hope this report not only educates people about the issues facing our pets today, but inspires action that results in happier and healthier pets. healthier now and in the future. Because when life is better for pets, it’s better for people too.

BluePearl plans to publish Pet Health Trends Reports annually to inform pet owners and the wider veterinary community of current and impending pet health issues.

Read BluePearl’s 2021 Pet Health Trends Report here.

About BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital

Founded in 1996, BluePearl is now one of the largest specialty and emergency veterinary practices in the United States. BluePearl has over 100 hospitals in 29 states that collectively employ over 7,000 associates, including over 1,330 veterinarians, over 1,600 veterinary technicians and over 4,100 other professionals. Each year, our compassionate teams provide high quality care to over 1.2 million pets and their families. BluePearl clinicians also participate in clinical studies to discover new treatments and procedures that improve pet health. As a member of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, BluePearl is committed to achieving its purpose – A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® – because companion animals create a better world for us. Learn more about BluePearlVet.com.

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Laura FournotisBluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, 813.327.6937, [email protected]

Steve IrelandBluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, 813.560.0029, [email protected]

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