Pet obesity

Pet obesity. How can we help?

It is estimated that about 40% of UK dogs and 50% of cats are overweight.*

How obesity affects your pet

Obesity is a condition in which an excess of body fat has developed to the point that health is adversely affected.

Making sure your pet remains a healthy weight is important for you and your pet, as obese dogs and cats may have shortened life spans.

Overweight cats and dogs may also be predisposed to life-limiting conditions including;

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Many forms of cancer

Did you know?

over 60% of vets

say obesity is the biggest health and welfare concern for UK pets?**

*This is according to figures released by the British Veterinary Association in 2016.
https://www.bva.co.uk  **https://www.pdsa.org.uk

You can make a difference and help your pet from becoming overweight by doing these small things.

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to preventing and recognising pet obesity

Just as it is with us humans, animal obesity is a serious health issue and can lead to all sorts of health complications for our pets. Here at Animal Friends we aim to help people understand the dangers of obesity and learn how to prevent it in their pets.

We recommend you consult with your vet before embarking on a weight-loss programme for your pet.

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Listen to the experts

Meet vet Vaughan

Vaughn Stoman runs the Springbok Veterinary Group based in Hampshire. He believes that pets have a therapeutic part to play in our lives – adding quality and a sense of meaning to us as humans. The relationship that we have with them enhances our lives.

How can you tell if your dog is obese?

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Vaughn and Nelly tell us how to check if your pet is in good condition just by looking and feeling their ribs, waist and spine.

How can you tell if your cat is obese?

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Vaughn Stoman tells us how feeding and hunting play a big part in your cat’s diet and how it’s different to controlling a dog’s diet.

Why is obesity in pets so worrying?

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Vaughn Stoman tells us about the importance of a dog’s diet and choice of food when it comes to avoiding pet obesity.

Meet Jo an animal behaviorist

Jo is a member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT). Jo graduated with her COAPE Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy and Training in 1999 and has worked extensively as a head nurse and a professional referral pet behaviour therapist and dog trainer.

About Jo Scott

Watch VideoRead

Jo Scott, an animal behaviourist, introduces herself with cute distractions in the form of Ruby and Bear.

Rewarding your pet

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Jo talks about different ways to reward our pets instead of using treats as a primary motivator.

Exercising your indoor pet

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Jo tells us how to exercise indoor cats with some top tips for imitating their outdoor life.

Further reading

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5 non-food rewards you can give your pet

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Exercising your indoor cat

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Top 5 conditions linked to pets with obesity

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