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Owners and vets view pet obesity differently

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By Georgina Mills

While vets are concerned about pet obesity, only a third of owners feel the same, new research has found.

Vets say around half of the dogs they see, 40 per cent of cats and 20 per cent of small mammals are overweight, and this tendency has increased over the past five years. In contrast, 68 per cent of owners believe their pet is exactly the right size, with almost half admitting to judging their pet’s weight by just looking at it.

The findings come from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), which released its third pet obesity report at a House of Commons event last week. …

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