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Charity warns dog owners not to overfeed their pets over Christmas

Wednesday December 21st 2016

An animal welfare charity is warning pet owners not to overfeed their dogs over the festive period as they help a pudgy pooch loose weight.

Lloyd, an overweight brindle and white staffie cross, is being looked after by the Scottish SPCA's animal rescue and re-homing centre in Glasgow and staff are helping him back to a healthy size.

Officials say his weight gain has been caused by a variety of things including lack of exercise, being overfed and given human food as treats.

Animal lovers can track Lloyd's weight loss efforts on the charity's Facebook page, which will be updated every month.

Glasgow centre manager Anna O'Donnell said: "Lloyd arrived at our Glasgow centre extremely obese and we are now on a mission to get him healthy again.

"It won't be a quick journey but we're going to put the time into helping him to show the public just how dangerous overfeeding your dog can be."

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: "While there will be some dogs in Scotland carrying a small amount of excess weight, thankfully it is relatively rare for dogs to be so overweight that their health suffers.

"Nevertheless, in severe cases overfeeding a dog would be an act of cruelty which could have just as dire consequences as underfeeding."

The charity has advised owners to make sure their dogs have an appropriate and balanced diet depending on its age, size and breed.

It advises animal owners not to give their dog human food and avoid fatty treats.

Animal experts also advise owners to ensure their dog receives regular exercise to burn off calories.

Mr Flynn added: "While it is common for people to over-indulge during the festive season, we would urge pet owners to think twice before giving their pets lots of treats and they should also ensure their animals get the exercise they need to stay fit and healthy."

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2016