January 24, 2022

Almost half of UK dogs have gained weight during lockdown from snacking too much

Nearly half of dogs have piled on the pounds during lockdown – weighing more than before the start of the pandemic.

A new study has showed that while a quarter of dog lovers took them for more exercise, 40 per cent gained extra weight

That is mainly down to their pets snacking more during the day during the stay-at-home government restrictions.

Research carried out by Pumpkin Pet Insurance found that even more walkies didn’t translate to healthier pups.

“While full bellies and endless playtime seem to leave pets with happy hearts, it’s cutting down on extra treats and table scraps that will keep them healthy— and happy— in the long run,” the study noted.

The more some owners are home, the more treats are dished out
The more some owners are home, the more treats are dished out

The average dog has put on almost half a stone since the pandemic began, other research suggests.

It is claimed pets in London gaining the most weight in the whole of the UK.

Another survey by charity Guide Dogs found we have been feeding them more of the bits they love.

But they say some dogs have been going on less walks while people working from home.

Other research discovered pets with male owners have gained more weight
Other research discovered pets with male owners have gained more weight

Dr Helen Whiteside, Head of Research at Guide Dogs, said: “Our research has shown that lockdown has had a significant impact on many dogs’ health and wellbeing.

“While a little weight gain is not the end of the world, it is important that owners address it as soon as possible, to prevent medical issues like heart disease, diabetes and joint problems later down the line.

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“A healthier dog is a happier dog, so owners should prioritise daily walks, consider healthy treat swaps and check their weight on a regular basis.”

The research discovered that pets with male owners have gained more weight than those with female in charge.

Around a quarter of those surveyed put the extra snacking down the fact they are spending more time with their pups.