Skip the pet treats and hit the streets

Lennox Herald - - PROPERTY - Lor­raine Howard

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.

Now Char­lie from Glas­gow is tack­ling his weight prob­lem Chubby Char­lie

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