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Animal Welfare
Wellbeing report highlights lack of understanding of pets' needs

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HIGH levels of problem behaviour in dogs, the feeding of inappropriate diets to pets and ‘a serious lack of understanding and provision of even basic levels of care’ have been highlighted by the PDSA on the basis of a nationwide survey of pet ownership.

The 2012 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report describes the results of a survey of 3956 dog, cat and rabbit owners, 466 vets and vet nurses and 553 children, which was conducted online between March and May this year by YouGov. It is the second such report produced by the PDSA, following the inaugural PAW report last year (VR, March 12, 2011, vol 168, pp 255-256). The views of children were sought for the first time this year. The 2012 report focuses in detail on four issues that were highlighted last year – diet, behaviour, preventive treatment and the importance of researching pet ownership and costs before taking on a pet.

Regarding diet, the PDSA notes that, despite many owners having a good understanding of the growing problem of pet obesity and what contributes to it, pet obesity continues to rise. Its survey found that the proportion of dog owners …

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