The University of Glasgow has carried out a study in the UK to reveal that 6 out of 10 dogs are either overweight or obese. The study has also revealed a link between overweight dogs and their owners income and age.
The paper was published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice and used 696 dogs in the study from 5 practices in the City. The owners were asked a series of questions such as what they fed their dog and how often they exercised them. They owners also had to answer questions about themselves including questions such as age and income. Influencing factors in the study seemed to be how frequently the owners fed treats, the lack of exercise, and income. If the owner earned less than £10,000 a year the dog was much more likely to be overwieght compared with owners who earned over £40,000. Owners that were older in age also showed a trend of owning overweight dogs.
The overall results from this study were:
- 35.3% of Dogs had an ideal bodyweight
- 38.9% of Dogs were overweight
- 20.4% of Dogs were obese
- 5.3% of Dogs were underweight
These results suggest that a greater level of awareness is needed in informing and educating owners about obesity and surrounding health issues.