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Healthier diet could save your pet's life

Thursday, 14th March 2013

Most pet owners are aware that animals and humans have different dietary requirements, which is why it's never a good idea to feed your pet the same food as you would the rest of your family members.

However, rather than sticking to formulated cat and dog food brands, an alarming number of people across Britain are spoiling their furry friends with fatty foods that are more suitable for us two-legged creatures.

According to the PDSA, around 18.5 million pets in the UK face the risk of an early death due to being overweight. This is because nearly half of all owners regularly treat their animals to junk food such as crisps, cakes and even takeaway dinners.

Most people do so because they believe it "makes their animal feel good", although in reality this could be doing significant damage to their health, with vets across the UK now seeing a shocking rise in pet obesity.

If you want to keep your pet happy and healthy then it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on their diet, only offering treats in moderation.