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    Up to half of all pets seen by vets are overweight

    NewsPets in generalTuesday 07 May 2013
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    A new report has come out which claims that up to half of all pets in the UK are overweight. It claims that one in six dogs has some form of heart disease and for out of 10 animals are diagnoses with diabetes are overweight. As a result, due to their unhealthy lifestyle pets could be losing up to 2 years of their normal lives.

    A cat that has a slice of cheese is said to be the same as a human eating 4 chocolate bars.

    It is believed that a fifth of owners do not even acknowledge that their pet has a problem and think that they are living a fine and healthy life.

    The research was undertaken by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PMFA) and they are calling in on pet owners across the UK to take more notice of their pets and participate in a nationwide scheme called “Weigh in Wednesday” which starts from May 8th.

    This is where you should take your pet to a vet on Wednesday to check that they are in a fit and healthy condition. From here owners can identify their pets condition and also work towards a more stable condition.

    The scheme is being worked on by vets, pet retailers, food manufacturers, groomers, charities and welfare groups. It is the first time such a diverse group in the pet industry has come together. 

     

     

    Photo: Wheaney

    Source: Belfast Telegraph

     

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