The topic of obesity at this time of year, following the indulgent festive period is not uncommon. However, with the likelihood of more food around the home, it would not come as a surprise for pet owners to feed festive treats to our beloved pets.
It is reported that over 4 million pets are fed scraps, treats & leftovers as part of their main meal. Pet obesity is therefore becoming a growing problem in the UK, with 83% of vet’s professionals agreeing that there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets in five years’ time!
Similarly, to humans, the common factors include lack of exercise and being fed too much of the wrong kind of food. Owners can have a lack of awareness of what the right amount of food is for their pet & will often fed them human food when the pet appears to beg at the table. This coupled with a lack of exercise makes it really hard for the pets to burn off the extra calories.
Equally symptoms of obesity are the same for us as they are for our pets, with potential for a reduced life expectancy, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
So avoid feeding your pets human food such at takeaways, chips, crisps and cheese because it will not do them any good. If you are worried about your pet being overweight, seek veterinary advice about the options for weight management.