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Pet obesity

It is estimated that about 51% of UK dogs
and 44% of cats are overweight or obese.*

*According to: https://www.pfma.org.uk

How obesity affects your pet

Obesity can be defined as excess body fat which can put our cats and dogs at risk of serious health problems and impact their quality of life.

Making sure your pet remains a healthy weight can help them live the life they deserve.

Overweight pets may be predisposed to life-limiting conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Many forms of cancer

Did you know?

Overweight dogs

could lose more

than two years of their

expected lifespan.

Source: onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Here are some small steps to help keep your pet healthy

Free guides to preventing and recognising pet obesity

Just as it is with us humans, animal obesity is a serious health issue and can lead to all sorts of health complications for our pets. Here at Animal Friends we aim to help people understand the dangers of obesity and learn how to prevent it in their pets. We recommend you consult with your vet before embarking on a weight-loss programme for your pet.

Check if your cat is overweight


Check if your dog is overweight


Listen to the experts

Meet vet Vaughn

Vaughn Stoman runs the Springbok Veterinary Group based in Hampshire. His surgery opened in 2008 and developed its own rehabilitation centre including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and agility. He believes that pets have a therapeutic part to play in our lives – adding quality and a sense of meaning to us as humans.

How can you tell if your dog is obese?

Watch VideoRead

Vaughn and Nelly tell us how to check if your pet is in good condition just by looking and feeling their ribs, waist and spine.

How can you tell if your cat is obese?

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Vaughn Stoman tells us how feeding and hunting play a big part in your cat’s diet and how it’s different to controlling a dog’s diet.

Why is obesity in pets so worrying?

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Vaughn Stoman tells us about the importance of a dog’s diet and choice of food when it comes to avoiding pet obesity.

Meet Jo an animal behaviorist

Jo is a member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT). Jo graduated with her COAPE Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy and Training in 1999 and has worked extensively as a head nurse and a professional referral pet behaviour therapist and dog trainer.

About Jo Scott

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Jo Scott, an animal behaviourist, introduces herself with cute distractions in the form of Ruby and Bear.

Rewarding your pet

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Jo talks about different ways to reward our pets instead of using treats as a primary motivator.

Exercising your indoor pet

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Jo tells us how to exercise indoor cats with some top tips for imitating their outdoor life.