PDSA has partnered with Royal Canin in a move to address the UK’s worsening pet obesity crisis.
As a result, the charity will be working with Royal Canin to raise awareness of rising rates of obesity – made worse by lockdown – and help owners manage their pets’ weight to enable them to live long, healthy and happy lives.
Lynne James, PDSA’s veterinary communications manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Royal Canin to improve pet nutrition and welfare for the UK’s pets.
“Worryingly our 2020 PAW Report found that 8% of owners reported their dog had gained weight during lockdown – affecting over 800,000 dogs – and 6% of cat owners said their pet piled on the pounds, with 17% overall admitting to giving their feline friends more treats.
Ms James added: “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.”