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One Third of Dogs Are Overweight

More than one in three dogs in Britain is overweight because owners feed their pets too many treats and do not give them enough exercise.

Cats are also getting bigger, with a quarter deemed to be overweight – five per cent more than three years ago – according to veterinary charity the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

The figures, which came to light after the PDSA assessed 8,000 dogs last year, suggest more than three and a half million dogs in Britain are obese.

Sean Wensley, PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, said: "Many owners get into the habit of feeding scraps and fatty treats to pets.

"We have seen a steady increase in the number of dogs, cats, rabbits and even small furry pets that are overweight."

The charity warned pet owners that excessive feeding can harm their animals' health.

Mr Wensley said: "Thousands of pets across the UK are having their quality of life, and lifespan, cut short as a direct result of obesity.

"Ultimately, it is the owners who are in control of their pets' food intake and often they inadvertently feed an inappropriate diet and excessive calories."

PDSA run an annual pet slimming competition called 'Pet Fit Club' which helps owners to slim down their pets.

The charity operates through a UK network of 43 pet hospitals and more than 350 private veterinary practices.


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February 18, 2010
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