A new report released today by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has found that despite past efforts most (77%) vets believe pet obesity is on the rise since 2009, but 63% of pet owners feel that more important problems face their pets.
Also, while the vast majority (93%) of pet owners say they would be concerned to discover their pet is overweight, only one in three (37%) know how to check this.
Both pet and vet industries will call for pet owners to act to improve the lives of Britain’s 24.5 million pets.
Clinical vet Zara Boland BVSc BE MRCVS, says: “Overweight pets, like humans, can suffer from a myriad of health issues such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There is nothing ‘cuddly’ about an overweight pet. [Obesity] causes discomfort and illness that can result in both emotional distress and financial pressure for owners.”