Pet Obesity in the UK at Crisis Point

Veterinary clinics are seeing an epidemic of obese pets...

Vets in the UK have reported that almost 50% of pets being seen in clinics are overweight this epidemic of obese pets is costing the pet insurance industry millions of pounds.
Britain is a nation of pet lovers and are spending billions on all kinds of luxury items and treats for their household pets. As a result pampered pets are increasingly becoming Obese Pets, FAT and unhealthy!

Last year research by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) revealed…

Pet obesity in Britain is reaching crisis point and may pet owners are exposing their pets to an early death due to overfeeding.

As with humans obesity can lead to a number of medical conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Fatty liver Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate¬†Ligament¬†Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy

 

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Private Pet chefs are even offering gourmet chef prepared menus worthy of a Michelin with mouthwatering dishes including:

  • Chicken breast with green beans, carrots, pumpkin, cauliflower, basil, parsley, mint, apple, orange, canola oil, chicken hearts & liver
  • Veal with sweet potato, leek, carrots, spinach, parsley, pear, pumpkin seeds oil and veal liver
  • Wild salmon and halibut with spinach, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato, basil, rosemary, mint, seaweed (wakame), lemon & orange
  • Buffalo with pumpkin, asparagus, green pepper, cucumber, chives, parsley, cottage cheese, apple, fig, blueberries, seaweed (kelp), walnut oil and buffalo liver

Treating your pet may be hard to resist but restricting your pets diet to a healthy calorific intake is essential to keep them fit and healthy and living a longer life.

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR PET IS OBESE

Five Signs your pet is obese:

  • You can no longer feel your pet’s ribs – if you cannot feel your pet ribs easily your pet is overweight
  • Your pet is not interested in exercise or struggles to keep up with you when out for walks
  • Your pet is more heat intolerant in the summer than they used to be or than other animals
  • Your Vet has said your pet is a high risk for surgery
  • Your pet is always hungry and searching for food or treats

What to do if your pet is obese

  • Visit your veterinarian to check your pets weight and get advice on what is the ideal weight for their size and breed
  • Ask your Vet for a diet plan and start immediately
  • Start an exercise routine with your pet
  • Stop feeding it treats! Give it toys instead!

The PDSA offer a Fit Pet Club to help owners get there fat furry friends back in shape: