Skip the pet treats and hit the streets
A deadly diet of treats and table scraps, coupled with a couch-potato lifestyle, is fuelling an obesity time bomb for Scottish pets, leading vet charity PDSA has warned.
Now it is urging pet owners to skip the treats and hit the streets to tackle the growing problem.
The charity’s call comes as it kicks off its national pet slimming contest : PDSA Pet Fit Club.
New findings from the charity’s PAW Report reveal a staggering 5.7 million UK pets (3.4 million dogs, 2 million cats and 260,000 rabbits) are fed treats every day. Loving but indulgent owners admitted treating their pets to a range of dangerous foods including crisps, cake, cheese, chips and takeaways.
Bad diets aren’t the only problem: millions of pets in Scotland are not getting enough daily exercise.
Across the UK a shocking 1.6 million dogs (17 per cent) aren’t walked daily, some of these are never walked because their owners mistakenly believe that playing in the garden is a suitable substitute. Scottish pets fare slightly better with just 12 per cent missing out.
The UK’s cats are missing out too: according to PDSA research 440,000 cats (4 per cent of the population) don’t exercise daily– including running climbing or playing.
To help battle the bulge PDSA is launching its twelfth annual Pet Fit Club competition and is inviting owners of overweight and obese pets to take part in the UK’s biggest and most successful pet slimming competition.
Owners can enter their pets at www.pdsa.org.uk/petfitclub.
Entry forms are also available from PDSA Pet Hospitals and Shops nationwide.
The deadline for entries is Sunday March, 5, 2017.
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