Nine out of 10 UK pet owners are unconcerned about their animals' size despite an increase in overweight pets, a survey suggests, according to an  article  on  www.bbc.co.uk .

More than 2,100 UK households were surveyed on behalf of the  Pet Food Manufacturers' Association  (PFMA).

Some 62% of dog owners and 72% of cat owners believed they could do little or nothing about their pets' weight, according to the survey.

Only a quarter of respondents said they had ever sought advice on their pets' weight.

"The figures are alarming, and the problem won't go away without a fundamental shift in owners' attitude to feeding their pets," said PFMA chief executive Michael Bellingham.