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Elaine Pendlebury, PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, said pet obesity causes "daily misery for millions of pets."
She added, "vet practices across the UK see the consequences of pet obesity every single day such as obese dogs unable to enjoy regular walks due to exhaustion, fat cats that can't jump or play, and rabbits so hopelessly overweight they can't clean themselves properly."
A report of nearly 4,000 dog, cat and rabbit owners has found that 13.5 million animals are "treated" to fatty or sugary treats and junk food.
- Nearly half of owners "treat" their pets because they believe it makes the animal feel happy
- Some 29 per cent of owners do so because it makes them happy
- More than 60 per cent of owners think severely overweight pets should be removed from someone who persistently ignores veterinary advice
- Over half of owners believe overweight people are more likely to have fat pets
PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report
Poor diets have put more than 18 million pets in the UK at risk of early death, a report has found.
Veterinary charity PDSA has found that dogs, cats and rabbit are fed "potentially life-threatening" meals, including takeaways, crisps and cakes.
The "deadly diets" have left many animals unable to walk, play or even clean themselves, at risk of arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.