Your Diet Could Be Affecting Your Pet



Man’s best friend keeps you thin!

After recent news that an animal shelter has homed a 36lb cat to help him lose weight, recent research shows that overweight owners are more likely to have obese pets. This is because they are less likely to recognise the signs of obesity, are less likely to exercise and more inclined to overfeed their pets with treats.

The UK obesity epidemic is therefore not restricted to people, and our lifestyle is affecting our pets. Whilst 65% of UK adults are now overweight or obese, one third of pets in the UK are also overweight. But as a nation of self-professed animal lovers, we are concerned about the wellbeing of our pets. According to a nationwide YouGov weight loss survey commissioned by online calorie counter and food diary, 74% of animal owners may even go as far as dieting alongside their pets. As a nation of animal lovers we want to keep them healthy and avoid the same obesity related disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory distress, high blood pressure and cancers.

The problem is also overfeeding pets. Research shows that a whopping 98% of people give their dogs treats, with 42% of owners giving their pets daily treats.

Vet – Sade Adeleye, BVetMed MRCVS says:“A biscuit for a dog is the equivalent of a hamburger for a human! The more aware humans are of what they eat themselves, the more aware they are of the calorific value of treats they give their dogs. Calorie counting is a fantastic way of keeping both humans and their pets on track. Additional exercise is beneficial for dogs as well as owners and having a focus on your own lifestyle helps keep your pet in tip top condition.”

Being more active is a challenge for many slimmers, so increasing their own exercise level by taking their dog running or for long walk is a win-win all round.

Nutracheck member Sam says, “Since joining Nutracheck I have lost weight and my Jack Russell who was a little tubby gets more long walks. Our favourite walk is 40 minutes a day.”

About Nutracheck:

  • Nutracheck is an innovative calorie counter and food diary App and website which tracks what you eat to help you manage your weight.
  • It’s fast and easy to use: Tracking your calories takes less than 10 minutes a day to do. Nutracheck holds the largest UK food database with photos of over 160,000 products to help you find exactly what you’re eating.
  • This isn’t a fad diet and no foods are banned; it works by making a person more aware of their food choices and how much they are eating.
  • The Nutracheck App is the top selling diet App in the UK Apple store. The Nutracheck website is rated the UK’s No. 1 diet site on

For more information about Nutracheck visit or call Karen Veness on 07968 049528 or email