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Posted: 14th April 2021

PDSA partners with Royal Canin to tackle pet obesity
Lockdown has led to a sharp increase in pet obesity rates, as owners are at home more and are spoiling their pets with more treats.

78% of vets say they’ve seen an increase in pet obesity in the last two years. 

In order to address the UK's growing pet obesity crisis, vet charity PDSA has announced it is partnering with pet nutrition company Royal Canin to raise awareness of the issue.

The charity will collaborate with Royal Canin to share information on rising obesity rates – made worse as a result of the pandemic – with the general public, and will provide resources and advice to help pet owners manage their pets’ weight.

PDSA's veterinary communications manager Lynne James said: “Worryingly our 2020 PAW Report found that eight per cent of owners reported their dog had gained weight during lockdown – affecting over 800,000 dogs – and six per cent of cat owners said their pet piled on the pounds, with 17 per cent overall admitting to giving their feline friends more treats.

“Research has also shown that carrying too much weight can sadly reduce a dog’s life expectancy by up to two years and six months for certain breeds. However, with the right advice, a good diet, suitable exercise and a bit of willpower, owners have the ability to make a real difference to their pets’ lives.

“We are excited to help address this together with Royal Canin and we look forward to linking our work promoting the five animal welfare needs with their extensive knowledge and experience of pet diet and nutrition.”

Royal Canin's Sharon Hayes said that the organisation was looking forward to working with veterinary professionals in the field at PDSA's Pet Hospitals in order to broaden the campaign's reach.

She added: “Educating pet owners on preventive healthcare and key welfare issues such as weight management as well as supporting pets with specific conditions with our advanced science based clinical diets will be the key focus for both parties.”

Image (c) PDSA.

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