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 have admitted to feeding more treats to their pets since the start of lockdown. 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.

Is my dog overweight?

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. However, there are some easy and simple visual cues owners can check for. Visit our YouTube channel which shows how you can check your dog’s body to get an idea if their weight is an issue https://youtu.be/3IQbZKHMWcE

There’s also this really handy pictogram to download HERE to help owners check their dog’s body condition.

#didyouknow that obesity can also shorten your dog’s life AND reduce their quality of life? It can be upto 2 years on the average off the life of an average dog. This equates to around 8 years off a human life!

What can I do?

So what can you do if you think your pet is overweight?  With the weather becoming brighter, lighter and warmer why not take your best bud out for a #walk.  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 #walk.  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.  Here’s a handy chart to show how these treats can add up.

If you would like advice or information on how to best manage your dog’s weight, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.