Many of us have a canine companion, and whether your furry friend is a puppy or an adult, it is vital to have an idea of your dog’s ideal weight, especially when it comes to mealtimes.
Across the UK, many pet owners are guilty of overfeeding their dog and knowing what weight is healthy for your dog can help to minimise the risk of obesity or health complications such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marsden’s weighing scales for dogs are used by hundreds of veterinary surgeons nationwide, as well as well-known organisations like the RSPCA and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.
Veterinary scales are used to assess whether the dog is overweight or a healthy weight - pet obesity is the number one issue facing our pets.
As a leading provider of veterinary weighing equipment, Marsden want to help you keep your dog in shape and reduce pet obesity in the process.
A survey conducted by Marsden last year found that 58% of dogs and cats are overweight - yet research by the Association of Pet Obesity found that less than 10% of owners recognise their pet is not in shape.