There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery..” — Charles Darwin

La Trobe University conducted a survey in 2013 of bird, cat, dog and rabbit owners to understand the pet care practices in Victoria.

Dog welfare worries

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According to the research, many dog and cat owners don’t know the key welfare needs for a happy, healthy life.

The research findings have shown there are five welfare worries for dogs:

  1. Loneliness
  2. Lack of exercise and socialisation
  3. Obesity
  4. Lack of preventative vet care
  5. Toxic treats

More information on welfare worries for dogs and tips for dog owners.

Pets4Life’s 3 steps to good pet wellbeing