Pet medication can be expensive for obese animals, according to pet insurance company Petplan.
A survey by Petplan has revealed that despite the expense of treating obese pets, many owners are failing to take notice of the dangers of over-feeding their furry friends.
A spokeswoman for Petplan said: "Ongoing conditions such as diabetes can cost thousands over lifetime, so if an owner has only a 12-month policy they are likely to still be left with a substantial amount of money to pay."
In the survey 83 per cent of owners felt they were not feeding their pets too much, despite the fact that close to half had admitted to giving their animals take away.
A recent review of studies into the effects of Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, by the University of Florida revealed that it can extend the life of animals which are obese.