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Pet owners failing to help animals fight flab

Fri 6 Jan 2006

PET owners are failing to help their animals work off their Christmas excess despite a third of domestic animals in the UK being overweight, a survey showed today.

Nearly four out of 10 owners admitted their pet put on weight during the Christmas period, with 46 per cent saying they even prepared a special Christmas meal for them.

But despite this only 13 per cent of people questioned said they planned to put their animal on a New Year diet or exercise regime to help them get back into shape, according to Halifax Pet Insurance. The group warned that overweight pets were more likely to develop problems such as heart complaints, diabetes and arthritis.

It is calling on owners to find out what their pet's ideal weight is and take steps to help them maintain it.

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Last updated: 06-Jan-06

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