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Fatty food 'risky to pets' health'

Wednesday November 30th 2011

Owners who feed their pets with salty and sugary treats are putting the health of their animals at risk, research shows.

According to a study of 2,000 owners in the UK, 91% admitted they had spoilt their pets with rewards such as chocolate and milk.

And 35% said they put their leftovers in their pet's bowl to treat them.

Experts say that pampering animals with extra morsels of fatty, sugary and salty food can be highly damaging to their health as animals put on weight with such treats.

PETA manager Mimi Bekhechi said: "In dogs and cats, excessive weight can lead to osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney disease, cancer, and a decreased life expectancy."

Treating pets with fatty food not only poses a risk to their health but also causes extra veterinary bills.

An average pet requires treatment twice in its lifetime, with each trip to the vet costing an average of £222.

Many owners will end up spending the full amount because the majority do not take out Pet Insurance.

According to study conducted by researchers 72 Point, 62% of pets in Britain are uninsured.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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