The third annual PDSA PAW report makes for interesting reading, not all of it reassuring.
The percentage of dogs having daily off-the-lead exercise has decreased from 73% in 2011 to 66% in 2013.
Only 17% of dog owners take into account body shape before deciding how much to feed. (For cats the figure is 5%)
58% of dogs never went to training class when young (up from 50% in 2011).
The proportion of dogs regularly left alone for more than 5 hours has gone up from 18% to 25%.
22% of owners would consider buying from a puppy farm.
65% of rabbits live alone despite being a hihgly social species.
The 2011 report commented that large numbers of pets were stressed, lonely, overweight, bored, aggressive and misunderstood. According to this latest report, if anything, things are getting worse.
You can read the report on the PDSA website