Feeding your pet those few scraps from the dinner table may not seem to be a big deal, but for millions of pets all across Britain, poor diet is leading to chronic health problems, and for many of them an early grave.
This may sound somewhat hyperbolic, but in many cases families are feeding their animals everything from takeaways to cakes, and what may seem like a tasty treat for your pooch or kitty, may actually be a slippery road to serious illness.
It is estimated that over 18 million pets in Britain are fed food that is bad for them on a regular basis, and whilst they might love to wolf down the treats put in front of them they are unlikely to make the connection between excessive food consumption and excessive weight. In turn, many household animals are unable to walk properly or even clean themselves properly, and experience everything from diabetes to fatigue as a result of poor diet.
However, it is not just the increased chances of early death that is important to consider, but also the fact that your pet’s life will be far less enjoyable if they are overweight and in turn unable to explore and play in the way that they would otherwise wish.
We might see fat cats and chubby pups as cute, but not only is excess weight extremely bad for their health, but it will also stop them from simply doing the things that our animals should be able to do. As such, it is wise to limit those ‘treats’ to food that is designed specifically for animals, and to limit the amount of pet food you offer them to the amount recommended by your vet or the food packaging itself. After all, it is better that they are a little peckish now and again than it will be for them to be unable to play or clean themselves.