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Obesity in dogs and cats – What to do about it

In Part 1, we looked at the causes and adverse effects of obesity. In this Part 2, we will discuss how to manage it. What should you do about an obese cat or an overweight dog? 

Well, the mainstay of obesity management are weight loss programmes that alter diet and exercise. Other things can be done alongside, but diet is almost always the most important factor to address first. 

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Obesity – how do I know if my dog is obese or my if my cat is overweight?

Obesity in pets is becoming a serious problem. No matter how cute they look and how much we love those ‘chunky’ dogs and cats too, obesity should not be trivialised. Obesity carries a huge range of health conditions and generally results in a poorer wellbeing for our pets. Knowing whether a pet is obese can be difficult for us as vets and owners too. Weight management itself is a vast and complex topic. Today we will be discussing how best to recognise obesity in pets (with a focus on dogs and cats).

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What Is a Micropig and should I get one?

Micropigs were popular pets back in 2010, when Paris Hilton and stars of The Only Way is Essex bought them. Now they’re facing a resurgence, with popstar Ariana Grande and YouTube stars Logan Paul and Robert reportedly owning micropigs. But what are they? Does a pig make a good pet? 

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Is it unethical to call the animals in our lives ‘Pets’?

If you’ve been watching a lot of TV lately (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), you may have caught an interview a few months back on Good Morning Britain where a spokesperson from the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) argued that we should be encouraged to move away from the use of the word ‘pet’ to refer to companion animals (dogs, cats, etc.) and use kinder terms: “A lot of people at home who have dogs and cats refer to them as pets and they refer to themselves as owners, and this implies that the animals are a possession.” Terms such as ‘companion’, ‘guardian’ and ‘human carer’ are suggested as more friendly alternatives.

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Which is the best pet? Cat vs. Chicken

Well, what a question! At first glance, these two animals may seem worlds apart on the pet scale, but although they certainly have their differences, they also share a surprising number of qualities. Whether you’re a fan of fur or feathers, let’s see how they compare on the ‘best pet’ scale!

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Surge in new pets as families enter lock-down

Under current government guidelines, rehoming of pets now doesn’t count as essential travel, affecting breeders and rehoming centres across the country. 

The week before lockdown, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home experienced a surge in adoptions when it homed 86 dogs and 69 cats compared to 42 dogs and 39 cats the week prior and 39 dogs and 52 cats the same week the year prior. The Dogs Trust also reported a 25% increase in adoptions

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