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WATCH: Keeping your pet safe over Christmas

Vets in Cumbria are urging pet owners to look after their animals during the Christmas period.

Some of the things people consider to be treats, can cause serious damage to pets, and vets say they're already seeing an increase in the number of sick dogs being admitted.

Dan Lewis, a vet from Capontree Veterinary Centre, has this good advice:

WATCH: chubby pets slim down

A veterinary practice in Cumbria is one of the first to offer free weight management sessions - here are some of the podgy pets getting involved:

Owners could be prosecuted if pets are left in hot cars

Dog owners could be prosecuted if they leave their pets in hot vehicles - that is the warning from Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The team are reminding owners that they have a legal duty of care for their animals and are urging them to think twice before leaving pets in vehicles during the warm weather.

The team are also reminding owners of the dangers and say it could make pets seriously ill or even die as a result of the intense heat in vehicles.

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