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Is it time you started watching what you feed your pet?

Tuesday, 8th January 2013

While it may be tempting to treat pets with their favourite snacks in order to show how much you love them, many owners are not aware that over-feeding can lead to some serious health problems.

A new study by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has thrown up some alarming statistics over the health of Britain's pets and the attitudes of owners, with the report showing that very few people are even aware of the damage they are doing to their furry friends by allowing them to gorge on high-calorie foods.

Some 12 million pets in the UK are currently either overweight or obese, and they are not being helped by the fact that 90 per cent of owners surveyed admitted to feeding their animals fatty junk foods such as crisps, biscuits and cheese, with only two per cent expressing any remorse for doing so.

Responsible owners should make sure their animals are provided with a healthy and balanced diet, including products such as Hills cat food and Royal Canin dog food – along with the occasional treat thrown in.