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Health warning about rising obese pet trend on TikTok
The term 'chonky' is a commonly used term on social media which implies that overweight dogs are cute and funny.

Videos of 'chubby' dogs receive millions of views

Research by the homemade dog food platform VetChef has revealed that videos celebrating overweight dogs have been viewed more than 90 million times on the social media platform TikTok.

The study also highlighted how this trend of glorifying overweight pets was prevalent across all major social media platforms. It found that there are one million members or followers of groups centred around overweight dogs on Facebook, Instagram and Reddit alone.

On TikTok the hashtag #fatdog has 72.3 million views, while #chubbyboy has 10 million and #fatdogs has 4.4 million.

The breeds that feature most prominently as part of this trend are pitbulls, French bull dogs, pugs, terriers and beagles. Many of the commonly featured breeds already have hereditary health problems which are likely to be exacerbated by being overweight.

VetChef founder Dr Joe Inglis, who is also well-known for his appearances on Blue Peter, The Wright Stuff and Daybreak, comments: “While it is always a delight to see the joy pets bring, it is worrying that the trend of normalising and glorifying pets that are actually clinically overweight is on the rise.

“The scale of content celebrating overweight dogs on social media is simply breathtaking - with clips hailing so-called ‘chonky’ canines viewed over 90million times on TikTok.

“The unfortunate reality is that overweight pets are likely to have a lower quality of life, as they are more likely to develop serious health conditions such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer.”

Dr Inglis urged pet owners to be responsible in monitoring and managing their dog's weight; feeding them a healthy diet and ensuring they receive adequate daily exercise.

“We’re now calling on all pet owners to avoid celebrating their overweight animals - and instead celebrate them looking fit and healthy.” He concluded.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

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Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."