'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.

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PDSA: Pet obesity causes 'daily misery for millions'

Elaine Pendlebury, PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, said pet obesity causes "daily misery for millions of pets."

Rico Livingstone, a 6-year-old Rottweiler who weighs 58.5kg, in Edinburgh Credit: Malcolm Cochrane/PDSA/PA

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."

PDSA nurse Danielle Toorish with Rico Livingstone, a 6-year-old Rottweiler who weighs 58.5kg Credit: Malcolm Cochrane/PDSA/PA Wire

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