Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diet Help for Podgy Pooches and Fat Felines; Is Your Pet Weighing in Heavy?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diet Help for Podgy Pooches and Fat Felines; Is Your Pet Weighing in Heavy?

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk @Hendrover

FAT cats - and other overweight pets in the North East - are being invited to enter a nationwide animal slimming competition.

Veterinary charity PDSA is appealing for candidates from the region for the competition, as figures suggest that nationally 46% of dogs, 34% of cats and 30% of rabbits are believed to be overweight or obese.

Vets at the charity's Newcastle Pet Hospital on Ponteland Road are warning owners that overfeeding and not providing enough exercise is driving the obesity trend.

To help tackle the problem, they are now searching for the podgiest pets to take part in the six-month PDSA Pet Fit Club competition.

Selected pets will be placed on a strict six-month diet and exercise programme, individually tailored to their needs.

Owners will take their animals once a month to PDSA pet hospitals in Newcastle, Gateshead or Sunderland for a weigh in, to get diet food and hear some advice.

Participants receive free diet pet food for the duration of the competition courtesy of Dechra Specific. The overall Pet Fit Club champ, crowned at the end of 2019, will win a year's supply of diet food plus a pet-friendly holiday.

PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan said: "Obesity has been a huge problem among UK pets for a number of years and sadly there is no sign of improvement. It is one of the biggest long-term health concerns for our pet population, because it is so commonly seen by vets and nurses.

"Animals who are overweight have a much greater risk of developing health problems such as arthritis and diabetes - which can have drastic consequences.

"Excess weight can also seriously aggravate other medical problems, for example making it even more difficult for flat-faced breeds like pugs and French bulldogs to breathe. …

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