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Podgy pets slim down at Cumbrian vets

Polly still needs to lose one kilogram. Credit: ITV Border

A veterinary practice in Cumbria has become one of only 10 free, accredited pet weight management centres in the UK.

The Paragon practice in Dalston is leading a push to get podgy pets to slim down.

39%
Of cats are now overweight
59%
Of dogs are now overweight

Meet some of the pets at the centre:

Alfie was obese, but is now an ideal weight:

Alfie was obese, but is now an ideal weight. Credit: ITV Border

Dodger is a spaniel cross and still needs to lose a kilogram before he's the ideal weight:

Dodger is a spaniel cross and still has a kilogram to lose. Credit: ITV Border
Dodger is a spaniel cross and still has a kilogram to lose. Credit: ITV Border

Chubby cat Polly is also going to the centre. She's lost 0.7kg since November, but still has more than one kilogram to go:

Chubby cat Polly is also coming to the centre. Credit: ITV Border

Since September last year, around 50 pets have been helped at Paragon, all of which have been having problems because of their weight.