12 Jan 2021
Obesity in pets in the UK is a massive problem. Up to 50% of pets are above their ideal weight for their breed, age and sex. This extra weight also causes additional health issues such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease, subsequently increasing the cost of care for the owners as a result. According to a 2020 PDSA survey, 16% of dog owners and 17% of cats owners have admitted to feeding more treats to their pets since the start of lockdown and dog owners have also been more likely to have fed their pet more human food as part of their dog’s main meal during the same period.
Would you know if your dog was overweight? In fact, how would you tell if your pet had any issue with their weight at all? It can be difficult to tell with an untrained eye but there are some easy and simple visual cues owners can check for, other than actually weighing your pet, that will give a good indication as to your dog’s weight and overall body condition. Visit our YouTube channel HERE which shows how you can check your dog’s body to get an idea if their weight is an issue.
Download this chart HERE to help you identify your dog’s body condition score.
Additional Health Issue
#didyouknow obesity shortens life expectancy and reduces quality of life – up to 2 years on average off the life of an average dog if they are obese which is equivalent to around 8 years off a human life!
So, what can you do?
If you think your pet is overweight there’s lots you can do! January is #nationalwalkyourpetmonth so what a great opportunity to think about all the ways in which you and your pet can improve your overall physical and mental health. It’s scientifically proven that exercise, even walking, and being outdoors can improve your mental and physical health, so what have you got to lose!! If you take the plunge, why not tag us in pictures of your walks #rowanvets #nationalwalkyourpetmonth. We’d LOVE to see you and your pet getting healthy and fit.
Weighing your dog’s food is another good way to ensure that you are not overfeeding your pet. Don’t forget to include and account for any treats you give your dog as part of their daily calorie intake.