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Warning over obese cats and dogs

Monday February 22nd 2010

Pet owners are being warned not to over feed their animals after a veterinary charity found more than a third of dogs in Britain are overweight.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals' (PDSA) research found that it was not just man's best friend packing on the pounds, with a quarter of cats also deemed overweight - 5% more than in 2006.

The PDSA assessed 8,000 dogs during 2009, with the figures suggesting more than three and a half million dogs across the country are obese. Over weight pets are prone to a range of illnesses which require a trip to the vets and often a claim on the owners' pet insurance policy.

Sean Wensley, PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, said: "We have seen a steady increase in the number of dogs, cats, rabbits and even small furry pets that are overweight."

Pet owners were being warned that too many treats and not enough exercise can harm your pet's 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."

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