Pet food manufacturer, Burgess Pet Care, has teamed up with the largest supplier of vet scales in the UK, Marsden, to conduct a nationwide survey to help identify pet owners\u2019 attitudes towards helping their pets maintain a healthy weight.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to the manufacturer, pet obesity is a \u201chigh concern\u201d of pet care professions and many pet owners are unaware that their pet is overweight, putting their health at severe risk. The nationwide survey will help to examine pet owners\u2019 patterns towards their pets\u2019 diets, picking out the fat cats from the gym bunnies.\r\n\r\nResearch from the PDSA\u2019s Animal Wellbeing (PAW) 2018 Report found:\r\n\r\n \t40% of dog owners don\u2019t know their pet\u2019s current weight and\/or body condition score\r\n \t53% of cat owners matched images of Body Condition Score 4 (overweight) or 5 (obese) to their cat\u2019s current body shape.\r\n \t60% of cat owners don\u2019t know their pet\u2019s current weight and\/or body condition score\r\n \t77% of rabbit owners don\u2019t know their pet\u2019s current weight and\/or body condition score\r\n\r\nBurgess in-house vet Dr Suzanne Moyes said: \u201cPet obesity is a weighty issue. Being overweight can lead to all manner of health and wellbeing issues \u2013 including osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiac disease and the inability to exhibit natural behaviours.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re really interested in finding out what people know about managing their pets\u2019 weight. The information we uncover will help pet health professionals provide better weight-management support to the UK\u2019s pets and their owners.\u201d\r\n\r\nDavid Smith of Marsden added: \u201cAccurate and regular weighing of both pets and their food is essential to maintain a healthy weight. We also know from working with vets and animal charities, such as Battersea, that people don\u2019t always recognise that their pet is overweight. We\u2019re keen to get people\u2019s opinions on the subject and also to raise awareness of just how important maintaining a healthy weight is for all our pets.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhether you have a cat, dog, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, degus, rats or mice, Burgess Pet Care and Marsden are requesting pet owners to spare just five minutes to take part in the survey. Anyone entering will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win six months\u2019 supply of Burgess Pet Food of your choice.