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New 'Burns' Census Reveals Huge Gaps in Brit's Pet Care Knowledge

Posted on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:46AM by

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•    89% of dog owners think their dog’s weight is fine, yet vets say at least a third of dogs are overweight
•    Over two thirds (64%) of dog owners are unaware of the signs and symptoms which signal digestive discomfort, allergies and gum disease in their pets
•    Less than half of dog owners (46%) have taken their dog to the vet in the last year

As a nation of renowned animal lovers, Britons pride themselves on the care they take of their pets; however the shocking results from the Annual Burns Pet Nutrition Pet Census has revealed huge knowledge gaps which could result in a nation of unhappy and unwell animals. How can 89% of dog owners think their weight is fine when vets say that at least a third of dogs carry a few too many pounds?

Over two thirds (64%) of dog owners are unaware of the signs and symptoms which signal digestive discomfort, allergies and gum disease in their pets. A dog pooing five times a day and clearing a room when it passes wind is not normal: they signify diet or digestive issues! Astonishingly less than half of owners (46%) have taken their dog to a vet in the last year and a flabbergasting fifth (20%) have never taken their dog in for a checkup! 

The most common ailments of dogs are excessive moulting (18%) and bad breath (16%) many of which can be avoided through good diet and simple care. And when it comes to food, many aren’t aware of the hidden poisons in the form of avocado (31%), onions & garlic (43%), and various fruits (21%) despite most understanding the dangers that chocolate (88%), alcohol (78%), caffeine (61%) and cake (57%) pose to their pooch. The majority of dog owners (70%) focus on the overall cost of the pet food compare with other brands.

Fiona Campbell, Head of Nutrition at Burns Pet Nutrition urges pet owners to become more savvy about their pet’s health and diet. She declares, “It’s shocking to discover the disparity between overweight dogs and owners who admit their dogs are overweight. Pet owners need to be aware of what their animal should be eating to help promote good health and many underlying health issues are linked to diet, so it’s important to know what goes in is doing good not bad! Animals are what they eat too!”

For those needing diet assistance for their pet, there are many sources of advice from their vet to dog trainers and pet food manufacturers such as Burns Pet Nutrition. There is a team of friendly pet nutrition advisors at Burns who all own pets themselves and can help answer any queries, contactable via the free-phone number 0800 083 6696.

To find out more about Burns Pet Nutrition please visit the Burns website www.burnspet.co.uk  and join their facebook page: www.facebook.com/burnspet?fref=ts


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