Pet Obesity Statistics

According to vets, obesity is a big problem for pets. Review our animal obsesity reports below to find out more about obesity trends in our pets.

UK Pet Food spoke to 148 veterinary professionals at the London Vet Show in November 2022 and confirmed:

  • 77% of vets believe the prevalence of obesity has increased
  • 50% of dogs are overweight or obese
  • 43% of cats are overweight or obese
  • 31% of small mammals are overweight or obese
  • 9% of pet birds are overweight or obese

UK Pet Food Research on Pet Obesity

UK Pet Food publishes pet obesity statistics for dogs, cats, small mammals and other pets annually.  This research, which has been gathered for more than 12 years, is the result of surveys among vets conducted every year at the London Vet Show and at other veterinary events.  We speak to these professionals to gather their thoughts on pet nutrition in addition to monitoring obesity levels.

UK Pet Food’s Pet Obesity Reports

Over the last 20 years, UK Pet Food has written three detailed reports on pet obesity statistics in the UK. In addition to publishing obesity data, we speak to experts and the public for their stories and advice. Our next report will be published in 2024.

Pet Obesity Report Findings

Our research among pet owners in advance of our most recent report confirmed that almost 70% of owners thought their pet was exactly the right size, and 67% admitted they were not concerned about pet obesity.  In fact, only 8% admitted their pet needed to lose some weight, and 12% said their pet needed to lose a small amount of weight. When compared to the levels of obesity that vets see in practice, these figures don’t add up!  

Our pet obesity reports are published every five years.  Look out for the next one in 2024 but in the meantime, you can read our historical reports.