A national survey conducted by Burgess and veterinary scales manufacturer Marsden reveals that not accurately measuring out our pets’ food is contributing to a pet obesity epidemic
Posted: 02 October 2019
When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, portion control is a simple and effective way to ensure we don’t eat too much. Indeed, celebrities including US actress Angelina Jolie and chef Gordon Ramsey cite portion control as the secret to staying in shape. The same can be true for our pets.
Right now, gaining unwanted pounds is not just a problem for humans. Pet health professionals have identified pet obesity as one of the top three welfare concerns, putting many pets’ lives at risk. It was this observation that spurred on Burgess Pet Food and veterinary scales manufacturer Marsden to conduct a survey into the thoughts and attitudes towards pet obesity. More than 500 pet owners took part, revealing some rather alarming trends:
Commenting on the findings, Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes, says: “Accurate and regular weighing of both pets and their food portions is essential to maintain a healthy weight. Ensuring pets eat proper portions is just as important as ensuring they’re eating the right nutritious foods and pet owners should pay the same amount of care and attention to their pets’ food portions as they would their own to avoid overfeeding and obesity.”
She also warns of the problems that overweight pets can face: “Obesity can lead to a variety of different health and wellbeing issues, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiac disease and cancer and the inability to exhibit natural behaviours.”
Her advice is: “As well as following a healthy diet, carefully measuring and monitoring the food intake of your pets, ensuring they are regularly exercised and seeking professional advice from veterinary professionals will help to avoid obesity and ensure your pets are as healthy and happy as they can be.”
David Smith of Marsden adds: “The findings from this survey have revealed pet owners don’t always recognise that their pet is overweight. Accurate and regular weighing of both pets and their food portions is essential to maintain a healthy weight. It’s encouraging to see that 100% of respondents answered their pet’s weight is quite important or very important to them and we would strongly recommend that pet owners regularly weigh their pets to help keep track of their weight.”
The survey also found:
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About Burgess Pet Care
We’re one of the UK’s leading pet food manufacturers. As a family-owned business with over 300 years of history, the health and wellbeing of animals is Burgess Pet Care’s number one goal and their expert knowledge in animal nutrition helps them achieve this. Burgess Pet Care strongly believes in responsible pet ownership, supporting welfare and education as well as making healthy, nutritious pet food. They actively work with a number of leading charities to help educate and raise awareness around animal welfare needs and are the main organisers of Rabbit Awareness Week, the UK’s biggest and best rabbit welfare campaign.
For over 90 years, both the UK medical profession and British industry have relied on the Marsden Weighing Machine Group for reliability, accuracy and value for money. Marsden veterinary scales are used by the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats’ Home. With one of the largest ranges of veterinary scales in the UK, Marsden animal scales are used by vets, breeders, pet owners, zoos and shelters.