Royal Canin has partnered with TV broadcaster and wellness expert Kathryn Thomas in a bid to raise awareness of pet obesity and help pet owners manage their pets’ weight.
Thomas is the host of an Irish TV programme that aims to help people to improve their own health, lose weight and get fit.
According to Royal Canin, however, while many know the impact that being overweight can have on human health, some are unaware of the effect that obesity can have on pets.
In light of this, Thomas is now working with Royal Canin to encourage pet owners to think about their pets’ feeding habits and to help them make small changes that can “make a big impact” on their pet’s shape and weight.
As part of the campaign, Thomas will share “top tips” and her experience as a pet owner with audiences on Instagram.
John O’Connor, vet and corporate affairs director at Royal Canin said: “There are some simple steps pet owners can take to help manage their pet’s weight.
“For example, measuring cups can lead to pet owners potentially feeding up to 80% more than they should*. Using digital kitchen scales to weigh the food ensures you are feeding your pet exactly the right amount.”
He added: “While it can be hard to resist the temptation to give our pets a little extra treat to show we love them, feeding your dog a rawhide bone could provide them with 67% more calories than they need each day and feeding your cat just 30g of cheese increases their daily energy intake by 60%.
“A few treats here and there soon add up, so cutting back on these is a simple way to help ensure you’re not giving your pet too many calories.”