Rise in number of obese dogs force vets to bring in heavy lifting gear to treat the over-sized pets – The Telegraph


Posted: November 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm

The number of overweight pet dogs has risen by 50 per cent in two years forcing vets to invest in heavy lifting equipment to treat them, figures show.

One in eight (12 per cent) dog owners say they have been told this year by their vets that their pets are overweight, up from eight per cent two years ago. That equates to about 1.7 million dogs.

The extra weight is putting increased strain not only on owners who are reporting pulled muscles or backs but also vets, more than half of whom say they are regularly concerned about injuring themselves when treating the heavier animals.

More than four in ten vets (42 per cent) said they had invested in extra lifting equipment including hoists and electrically-raised tables to treat obese pets, according to the 2,100-strong survey of dog owners and vets for Direct Line pet insurance.

Marc Abraham, a TV vet and animal welfare campaigner, said the impact of obesity on the health of dogs was the primary concern but it was also an issue for vets who repeatedly had to pick up animals sometimes weighing more than four and a half stone.

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