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Petplan Stats and Facts

Obesity

Petplan surveyed a panel of 198 veterinary practices regarding their view on animal obesity. The results demonstrated that obesity is a growing issue in the veterinary world.

  • 36% of all dogs vets treat are obese.
  • 29% of cats vet treat are obese.
  • 71% of vets agree that cases of pet obesity are continuing to rise.
  • 53% of vets say that cases of cat and dog diabetes are rising.
  • 70% of pet owners say that their animal has never been overweight.

Vets told Petplan that there are five main reasons for the obesity problem, which result from owner behaviour:

  • Too much food
  • Lack of exercise
  • Ignorance of correct weight or shape
  • Snacking
  • Wrong food