32% of pet owners just guess the portion size for their pet - yet 62% have never asked their vet for pet weight management advice.
That’s according to a survey Marsden conducted this summer, in partnership with leading UK pet food manufacturer Burgess Pet Care. The Great British Pet Survey was completed by over 500 pet owners, providing revealing statistics - read the results below.
A new report by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association has revealed that 51% of dogs, 44% of cats and 29% of small mammals are overweight or obese.
In response, today we’re launching a survey in partnership with Burgess Pet Care, to find out how often pets are weighed, where they are weighed and how frequently pets are fed.
Marsden’s latest veterinary scale is perfect for weighing small pets - with 10g graduations it gives a highly accurate account of your pet’s weight.
From veterinary surgeries to kennels to farms and zoos, when it comes to animal weighing scales those from Marsden are used by hundreds of well known organisations nationwide.
Animal weigh-ins are commonplace at zoos all around the world - with the information shared internationally about thousands of endangered animals.
According to Dr Tara Pirie from the University of Reading, “Recording the weights and size of animals in a zoo directly benefits their welfare, and could potentially help in the global conservation of their wild counterparts.”
Puppy weight can be the difference between good health and poor health of your pet. Excessive pet weight can be a sign of diabetes, heart and lung diseases, skin conditions and different types of cancer.
And if a dog’s weight plummets, it can also signify a health problem.
Pet care is even more important during the summer months, as the hot weather could increase your pet’s weight and contribute to pet obesity.
There are a number of reasons why cat or dog weight may increase in summer. In the hot weather, the animal may get tired more quickly, and too little exercise can result in dog weight gain.
If you have been following the Marsden blog, you’ll be aware that ‘pet obesity is the number one issue facing vets’. Research by Marsden last year found that more than 50% of pets could be overweight.
The pet weight crisis is again in the news this month, with the Daily Mirror newspaper reporting that 40% of cats are overweight.
A pet’s weight can be the first and sometimes the only indicator of health problems - and vets need accurate weighing scales to precisely analyse whether a pet is a healthy weight.
Problems can arise if the pet becomes too heavy, or weighs too little due to insufficient nutrients.