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Fat animals ‘require diet and exercise’

31st December 2007

Obesity in a pet can be down to a number of variants but is ultimately the result of too many treats and not enough exercise, an expert has warned.

PDSA senior veterinary surgeon Elaine Pendlebury made her comments to BBC One’s Breakfast programme over the weekend, urging owners to use a combination of diet and exercise to keep their animal healthy.

“I have heard every excuse in the book, really; big bones, underactive thyroid, that sort of thing ? I think in my opinion it is the treats that they are fed between meals,” she argued.

Earlier this year, veterinary scientists in France and Britain created a high-protein, high-fibre diet for overweight dogs which made the animal feel full and prevented it from eating further, the Press Association reported.

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital worked alongside France’s Royal Canine Research Centre to develop the diet.

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