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Pet owners warned over diet advice


Wednesday January 18th 2012

Experts have warned that a majority of pet owners putting their animals on diets this month are doing so without receiving professional advice.

According to research by Pets at Home, about two-thirds (63%) of owners are planning to give their furry friend less food.

But the company found that 94% had not asked the opinion of a vet or nutritionist about their pets' dietary needs.

Maeve Moorcroft, head of pets at Pets at Home, urged animal owners to contact a nutritionist before introducing a new eating plan for their pet.

She said: "When it comes to losing weight, pets are very similar to people. Any change to diet or feeding amounts should be carefully considered and it's important to see your vet or nutrition consultant before putting your pet on a weight loss programme.

"If your pet is confirmed overweight, an acceptable target weight loss to start with would be 5% of the animal's body weight. The period this weight should be lost over varies according to the size of the animal and should be discussed with a professional."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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