Report: Less than 10% of pet owners recognise that their cat or dog is overweight

An estimated 58 percent of UK pets are overweight or obese – but what is equally alarming is that less than 10% of pet owners recognise that their cat or dog is overweight.

That’s according to a study by the Association of Pet Obesity, reported this month by Ploughkeepsie Journal (part of the USA Today Network).

Pet obesity is the number one issue facing veterinary surgeons in the UK. This latest revelation builds on the findings of a Marsden survey, which found that pet obesity could be as high as 80%.

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What are the consequences of pet obesity?

Obesity negatively affects pet health and the quality of his/her life.

It is associated with impaired mobility and pain, and can increase a pet’s risk of suffering from a heart attack or diabetes. It is also linked to asthma, allergic diseases and certain types of cancer – as well as reduced life expectancy.

When we contacted 2,500 veterinary surgeons about the epidemic earlier this summer, awareness of the issue was shown to be a major factor.

Anita Dowe of Abivale Veterinary Group in Oxfordshire, told us: “Often pet owners don’t feel there is a problem (with obesity of their pet), and it can be difficult to get them to understand the consequences.”

What can be done to reduce obesity in pets?

Download our pet weight poster: Recommended for the walls of veterinary surgeons, this poster can be used as a guide for pet owners in order to spot if their pet is suffering from poor health.

Download our tips for a healthy dog poster:  Use our tips for a healthy dog poster for top tips on looking after your dog. The poster provides guidance on how a healthy pet should look, the amount of exercise required – and how much each size of dog should weigh.

Weigh pet food before consumption: According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, 68% of people ignore guidelines on portion sizes. The British Small Animal Veterinary Association have therefore encouraged the weighing of pet food prior to every meal.

Weigh your pets every month: Pets should be weighed on a monthly basis according to the Royal Canine Weight Management Clinic at the University of Liverpool – and backed by vets as part of our pet obesity survey. This is so vets can be aware of the health status of the pet and take appropriate action to prevent further problems.

How can your pet be weighed?

As a leading supplier of veterinary scales, Marsden have a number of suitable solutions for vets.

The Marsden V-100 is our best selling veterinary scale, perfect for weighing medium sized dogs. It has high accuracy to 50g and is currently available for just £69+VAT.

The Marsden V-250 is perfect for weighing larger animals, with a larger weighing platform and high capacity of 250kg. This scale is on special offer of £185+VAT.

To view our full range of veterinary scales click here. For enquiries about any of our veterinary products call our team on 01709 364296.

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