TOO many treats have made dogs in Bidford among the UK’s fattest.
Overindulged dogs in the village are the fifth most likely to be overweight in the country, according to a survey by retailer Pets at Home. It found with many Bidford dogs weighed in on average at 44 per cent above their ideal healthy weight.
Veterinary advisor Dr Maeve Moorcroft said: “It’s interesting to see that on average the nation’s dogs are struggling to maintain their ideal weight. One of the things many pet owners struggle with is not spoiling their beloved dog with too many treats and snacks, for example cheese and chocolate, which can be harmful to their health.
“However, just as in humans, eating too many treats and carrying extra pounds can have consequences for canines, including damage to joints, bones and ligaments, problems with breathing and digestion and even quality and length of life in extreme cases.
“That’s why it’s important for pet owners to feed a balanced, nutritious diet to their dog.”
The place with the most overweight dogs Swinton in Yorkshire, where man’s best friend weighs around 50 per cent more than they should.
Visit www.petsathome.com/nutritionalconsultation for advice on a healthy doggy diet.