Tipping the scales: Pet snakes pile on the pounds due to diet and lack of space, say vets

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Pets suffering with too much weight is a problem that stretches beyond the four-legged kind as a leading vet reveals that obesity in snakes is a big issue and suggests that over feeding and lack of exercise are to blame.

President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the UK’s leading veterinary body, Daniella Dos Santos said that she saw a large number of pet snakes with obesity issues whilst working as a small animal and exotics vet and that this can be caused by a lack of space to exercise coupled with overfeeding.

Her concerns chime with a recent BVA survey of the profession which showed that vets estimated that half (47%) of exotic pets brought into their practice were not having their five animal welfare needs met. The need for a suitable environment was the most common with 89% saying that this was the most common need that was lacking.

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