A slimming contest with a difference is underway in the North East after an animal charity found 87% of the region's pets are being over-fed.
Research by PDSA shows that more dogs, cats and rabbits than ever are being fed a potentially life-threatening mix of high calorie, inappropriate diets.
That combined with little or no exercise means their life-spans may be cut short.
– Elaine Pendlebury, PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon
"Pet obesity poses not only major health risks such as diabetes, arthritis andheart disease, but sadly also means daily misery for millions of pets
who are feeling the strain from carrying too much weight."