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Are you looking after your pet properly?

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Burns survey reveals huge gaps in Brit’s pet care knowledge 

  • 89% of dog owners think their dog’s weight is fine, yet vets say at least a third of dogs are overweight
  • Only a quarter of rabbit owners feed their pet fresh greens daily and only a third are aware that their pet requires fresh hay as part of its daily diet
  • Almost two thirds (64%) of dog owners are unaware of the signs and symptoms which signal gum disease, digestive discomfort and allergies in their pets

As a nation of renowned animal lovers, Britons pride themselves on the care they take of their pets; however the shocking results from the Annual Burns Pet Nutrition Pet Census has revealed huge knowledge gaps which could result in a nation of unhappy and unwell animals.

Almost two thirds (64%) of dog owners are unaware of the signs and symptoms which signal gum disease, digestive discomfort and allergies in their pets and as a result less than half (46%) have taken their dog to a vet in the last year and a fifth (20%) have never taken their dog in for a checkup. 

The most common ailments of dogs are snoring (20%), moulting (18%) and bad breath (16%) many of which can be avoided through good diet and simple care. And when it comes to food, many aren’t aware of the hidden poisons in the form of avocado (31%), onions & garlic (43%), and various fruits (21%) despite most understanding the dangers that chocolate (88%), alcohol (78%), caffeine (61%) and cake (57%) pose to their pooch. The majority of dog owners (70%) focus on the overall cost of the pet food compare with other brands.

Almost two thirds (62%) of cat and rabbit owners have admitted to having a limited understanding about what nutritional value to look for in their pet’s food and worryingly only a quarter of rabbit owners feed fresh greens daily and only a third know their rabbit needs fresh hay daily.  Nutrition is not the main reason owners vary their pets diet, almost half of owners (46%) consider changing the type of food their animal eats because the food has expired.

Fiona Campbell, Head of Nutrition at Burns Pet Nutrition urges pet owners to become more savvy about their pet’s health and diet. She declares,“It’s shocking to discover the disparity between overweight dogs and owners who admit their dogs are overweight. Pet owners need to be aware of what their animal should be eating to help promote good health and many underlying health issues are linked to diet, so it’s important to know what goes in is doing good not bad! Animals are what they eat too!"

For anyone needing assistance, our friendly pet nutrition advisors can help you the best diet for your pets. They are contactable via the free-phone number 0800 083 6696.

 

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