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Junk food and booze making pets fat

By David Young, PA

Published 10/02/2016

Lady with PDSA nurse Gemma
Lady with PDSA nurse Gemma

Takeaway food and booze have been blamed for a growing obesity crisis... among pets.

A leading animal charity highlighted statistics indicating more than five million cats, dogs and rabbits in the UK are overweight as it launched its annual pet slimming competition.

Vet charity PDSA blamed the fatty, sugary treats owners are giving their four-legged friends. Cake, chocolate, biscuits, crisps, chips, takeaway and even alcohol are among the inappropriate items served by some owners, the PDSA said.

To help fight the flab, it has again launched its Pet Fit Club competition and has invited owners of overweight and obese pets to take part.

The PDSA highlighted the case study of Lady, the chubby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Belfast.

Lady, was very thin when rescued by David Palmer last year.

Mr Palmer (61) admitted he had gone too far in his efforts to build her back up to health.

"I know that losing weight will also help her in the long-term and I want her to be healthy and live a long life," he said.

Owners can enter their pets at www.pdsa.org.uk/petfitclub.

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