Advances in nutritional quality of pet foods have led to many pets being feed complete, commercial diets. This has generally been good for pets' health, but 'complete' means the food contains all of the nutrients that a pet needs, in the correct quantities, and two feeding practices can cause problems with this:
2. giving treats and snacks
The PAW report found that many owners rely on past experience or 'common sense', rather than following the manufacturer's feeding guidelines or asking a vet or vet nurse for their recommendations on how much to feed their pet.
The PAW report found that 5.5 million pets get treats as part of their daily diet, including chips, cake, cheese, chips and takeaways. In rabbits, a key cause of obesity is feeding rabbit 'muesli' (a mix of seeds and flakes) or overfeeding rabbit nuggets. Rabbit muesli should not be fed at all, as it is linked to dental and digestive disorders, as well as to obesity.
Further rabbit feeding information, written by PDSA vets, can be downloaded for free at www.pdsa.org.uk/rabbitdiet.