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32% of pet owners believe their pet to be overweight, study finds

Some 32% of pet owners believed their pets to be overweight, up from 23% in 2019, however vets estimate that the actual figure is far higher

Some 32% of pet owners believed their pets to be overweight, up from 23% in 2019, according to a recent survey by Marsden.

However, the company have also revealed that vets believe that the actual number of pets that are overweight far exceeds this number, estimating almost half of pets are to be overweight or obese (51% dogs, 44% cats, 29% small mammals).

Overfeeding or poor portion control is listed as one of the main factors affecting pet obesity.

It found that some 32% of pet owners still guess how much to feed their pets rather than following the recommended dietary guidelines. This has not changed since the 2019 survey, suggesting pet owners aren’t heeding professional advice surrounding pet obesity.

Dr Suzanne Moyes, operations and technical director and in-house vet at Burgess Pet Care, said: “The results of this survey always give us a fascinating insight because, although we know how passionate owners are about looking after their pets, it can be all too easy to let their weight creep up over time. 

“The body conditioning score system is a great tool for owners to help them determine how healthy their pets are, but it is by no means a substitute for regular vet check-ups, which are vital to monitoring weight and overall health.”

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