North East UK news Over a third of dog owners admit their pampered pets are overweight PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - A study has revealed that reasons given include feeding their precious pooches more treats and taking them on less walks during the pandemic
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A massive 36% of dog owners have said their pet is either slightly or very overweight, according to a new study. Nearly half of respondents admitted they have overindulged their dogs since the start of the pandemic as increased time at home has led to giving them extra treats while taking their pets on less walks. Meanwhile 44% of owners revealed they have fed their dog more treats every week, and 14% have been spoiling their dog every day. Of the 2,000 dog owners surveyed for premium raw pet food brand Natural Instinct, 18% said their dog had put on weight due to extra treats whilst 12% said their dog had put on weight as a result of going on less walks. This can be attributed to those who have been shielding or reducing time spent outdoors due to the pandemic. An overweight dog (Image: Reach plc) Vet Richard Doyle of Wylie Vets said: "We encounter a high number of dogs who are overweight and it does, in many cases, come down to the knowledge of owners as to what they should or shouldn’t be feeding and importantly how much. "A good place to start is to look at what dogs have evolved to eat over many millions of years. Dogs being hunters and scavengers, means meat forms a major part of a balanced diet. "This is a diet high in animal protein (as opposed to plant protein) and fat. This evolutionary diet is very low in carbohydrates particularly sugars and starch . "As vets, we find that dogs fed plant-based proteins and high carbohydrate diets are at much higher risk of developing obesity (and many other modern diseases such as skin disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and diabetes). "It is also very much harder to lose weight on a diet based on plant proteins and carbohydrates." Love dogs? Join our brand new website TeamDogs now. When you get there, make sharing a picture of your dog in our Top Dogs feed your very brilliant first job.Maybe when you've done that, leave a recommendation to help fellow dog owners in the TeamDogs community. In a bid to help curb dog obesity this spring, Natural Instinct is launching the ‘Fitness Furst’ Diet Club to provide expert opinion and advice to owners whose dogs need to ‘shred those extra doggy pounds’.
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. Lack of knowledge is a key factor in the battle against obesity, the data finds, as nearly two thirds (62%) revealed that they did not know the correct portion sizes for their dog, confessing that they always estimate meal sizes. One in five (21%) also said they were unaware of the correct weight for the breed and size of their dog. Compounding the lack of knowledge around feeding, one in four owners said they only know some of the signs to tell if their dog is overweight, with one in seven saying they did not know any of the signs.
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Mr Doyle said: "Excess weight will be more obvious in certain breeds of dog such as Dachshunds, Pugs, French Bulldogs and Staffordshire Bullterriers. "There is a common misconception that certain breeds are more likely to put on weight than others such as Labradors loving their food, however this is not the case. No dog should be overweight. "
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Mr Doyle will join other canine experts for the free online sessions as part of the launch of the Natural Instinct ‘Fitness Furst’ diet club, for those looking for support and advice. To sign up pet owners should email: email@example.com How to tell if your dog is overweight You cannot feel their ribs. Their weight is higher than normal. They do not have a prominent abdomen. They do not have a defined waist. Lack of interest in physical activity. Excessive panting. Dogs breeds most likely to be fed extra treats French Bulldog (79%) Chihuahua (74%) Cockapoo (72%) Dachshund (71%) Cocker Spaniel (71%) King Charles Spaniel (70%) Labrador (69%) Pug (68%) Shih Tzu (66%) Staffordshire Bull Terrier (64%)
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