PDSA’s landmark Animal Wellbeing Report about dogs, cats and rabbits provides ground breaking information about the health of pets in the UK today.
The report suggests that there is still a lot of misunderstandings regarding correct pet health care, and what our animals require to lead happy and healthy lives.
The survey which is carried out annually reports that over 10 million pets suffer from physical and psychological conditions, this can be from being bored through to being obese. it suggests that the rise in aggressiveness is due to almost half of the 8 million dogs in the UK not attending training classes within the first 6 months of their lives, resulting in snarling, barking and other aggressive traits.
The report also tells us that around a quarter of dogs are not getting the attention and companionship they need due to being left alone for long periods of time. As well as this, around a third of dogs are overweight, leading to weight related illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes which is thought to be due to over feeding of scraps or inappropriate treats.
As for cats, they are also being overfed, especially when it comes to leftovers and treats with high fat content, again increasing the levels of obesity. Owners are also neglecting to vaccinate their cats, leading to potentially fatal diseases that could otherwise be avoided.
The report shows us that rabbit care is also below standard, with over half being fed the wrong diet.
For a nation of animal lovers, we should be aware of the 5 requirements that our beloved furry friends need to live a long and happy life. These are:
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