'18 million' overweight pets at risk of early death

Poor diets have put more than 18 million pets in the UK at risk of early death, a report has found.

Cookie the cat from Middlesborough who is 90 per cent overweight Credit: Ian McClelland/PDSA/PA Wire

Veterinary charity PDSA has found that dogs, cats and rabbit are fed "potentially life-threatening" meals, including takeaways, crisps and cakes.

Bobby from London who is 65 per cent overweight Credit: Gavin Fogg/PDSA/PA

The "deadly diets" have left many animals unable to walk, play or even clean themselves, at risk of arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

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'18 million' obese pets

Poor diets have put more than 18 million pets in the UK at risk of early death, a report has found.