Millions of UK pets face long-term loneliness, warns vet charity PDSA.\r\nRecent findings from PDSA\u2019s Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report revealed that over two million dogs are frequently left alone for five hours or more on a typical weekday.\r\n\r\nLoneliness and boredom in dogs can lead to frustration and destructive behaviour.\r\n\r\nPDSA vet, Rebecca Ashman, comments: \u201cIdeally, dogs shouldn\u2019t be left alone for more than four hours on a typical day, so it\u2019s hugely concerning that millions are routinely left alone for longer periods of time. Dogs are naturally very social animals and need companionship. Loneliness can be very harmful to their mental wellbeing.\r\n\r\n"Many dogs will have enjoyed the busy Christmas period with lots of company, and suddenly, when everyone goes back to work, they are back to spending much of the day alone.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe PAW Report also found that 1.6 million dogs aren\u2019t being walked every day and, worryingly, an estimated 94,000 dogs are never walked at all. Regular exercise is vital to encouraging positive interactions with people and other dogs, and avoiding obesity.\u201d\r\n\r\nSadly, rabbits are suffering a similar life of loneliness and boredom.\r\n\r\nDespite being highly-sociable animals that should live with a companion of their own kind, a worrying 780,000 rabbits still live alone.\r\n\r\nVets are also concerned about the high number of rabbits who are completely forgotten about.\r\n\r\nCats however, are solitary animals, naturally preferring to living alone.\r\n\r\nBut PDSA figures show 2.3 million cats are living in homes with another cat, or cats they don\u2019t get along with, potentially causing chronic stress and other health and welfare issues.\r\n\r\nRebecca added: \u201cNinety-three percent of owners told us that their pet makes them happy, so we are undoubtedly a nation who value and love our furry companions. But caring for a pet and ensuring you are providing for their needs can be very demanding.\r\n\r\n\u201cPet owners need to make sure they understand what their pet needs to be happy and healthy, and be certain that you can meet these needs on a daily basis.\r\n\r\nFor example, do you have time to walk a dog every day? Do you have the space, resources and time to commit to two rabbits? While the nation may be\u00a0feeling the \u2018New Year blues\u2019, it's important not to forget\u00a0about keeping our pets happy too."\r\n\r\nFor more information visit\u00a0www.pdsa.org.uk.