Pets are nearly as overweight as their owners
by David Masters
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Three in ten pets owned by British households are overweight, putting their health at risk, new research has found.
The study by Sainsbury’s Finance found that one in ten (9%) pets are severely overweight, while 30% are heavier than recommended.
Another poll of vets found that four in ten animals taken to the vets are overweight.
This is compared to government figures showing that half of British adults are overweight.
Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance said around one in seven claims could be attributed to illnesses and conditions caused by a pet being overweight, including animal diabetes, heart diseases, and bone and ligament problems.
“As is the case with humans, a lack of exercise and a poor diet, or overeating, is causing our pets’ weight to balloon,” said Lucy Hunter of Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance.
“The saddest thing about this research is the fact that the pets are not to blame.
“A lot of animals will eat everything that is put in front of them so the onus is on the owner to monitor and restrict the amount of food that their pet is consuming.
“Owners that do not look after their pets through poor diets and a lack of exercise increase the chances of their animals suffering serious health problems.”