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LETTER: pet slim-down is on

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Take-aways, biscuits, chips and even alcohol – are all fuelling an ongoing obesity crisis for UK pets.

According to vet charity PDSA, more than 10 million pets are getting fatty treats, due to owners sharing their own unhealthy eating habits with their pets in a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to make them happy.

Around 2.5 million dogs (one in three) and over two million cats (one in four) are currently overweight.

To help combat the problem the charity has launched its annual fat-fighting competition, PDSA Pet Fit Club. Over the last eight years, the contest has transformed the lives of some of Britain’s fattest pets, many of whom simply wouldn’t have survived had their weight issues not been tackled.

Owners can enter their pets at www.pdsa.org.uk/petfitclub; the deadline for entries is Sunday 27 April 2014.

Elaine Pendlebury

senior PDSA vet

 

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