Posted: March 26, 2015
Obese dogs are developing the same kind of health problems humans are such as type 2 diabetics and joint strains.
Fat cats, rabbits and canines are expected to outstrip healthy ones within the next five years the PDSA, an animal awareness organisation, has warned.
A PDSA Animal Welfare report estimates one in three dogs, one in four cats and one in four rabbits in are overweight or obese.
Vet4Pets veterinarian Amy Converse said: “People tend to overeat so do dogs which can lead to them getting type 2 diabetes.
“Do you want your dog going on insulin injections? –health problems humans have cats and dogs can develop too.
“A dog’s life span is short and with type 2 diabetes they could die earlier or may have to be put to sleep.”
The pet obesity epidemic is a result of overfeeding and little to no exercise.
Foods like chocolate have toxins in that are dangerous for dogs whilst foods like takeaways, chips, cheese and crisps can take longer for dogs to burn off.