Anecdotal evidence from veterinary specialists suggests that as many as half of the pets they see are overweight.
The concern has given rise to special campaigns throughout the month of October, targeting pet obesity.
To discuss the issue further CapeTalk host Pippa Hudson spoke with veterinary experts Dr Kerry Frans and Sister Norma Boshoff.
People aren't aware that their pets are overweight. The lifespan of overweight pets is definitely shortened.— Dr Kerry Frans
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Dr Frans said 50% of her veterinary consultations lead to discussions about the pets weight.
She said that many skin and joint problems that domestic animals experience can be attributed to weight issues.