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Fit tips for fat pets: How do you keep your pet fit, slim and healthy?

The One Show Team | 17:26 UK time, Tuesday, 22 September 2009

How do you keep your pet fit, slim and healthy? Share your tips.

Ellie Harrison met Barbara Walton and Sandy, her overweight labrador. They're taking part in the charity People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA's) 100 day pet slimming contest.

The PDSA claim that one in three UK dogs are overweight. The charity has said that the growing number of owners who overfeed their animals could be guilty of "killing their pets with kindness".

The charity recommends a vet-designed strict diet and exercise plan for fat pets, to help them slim down to a healthier weight which will improve their life expectancy.

Top tips

  • feed your pet a balanced diet and follow the recommended feeding guidelines on pet food;
  • avoid feeding your pets tit bits. If you must give pets occasional treats, take this into account at meal times;
  • use a smaller feeding bowl if you think that you're in danger of overfeeding your pet;
  • make sure that dogs get plenty of exercise. A small dog should get at least 30 minutes exercise every day, more for a larger dog;
  • play with cats to ensure that they are kept active and alert
  • don't feed cow's milk to cats or dogs;
  • animals in hutches such as rabbits and guinea pigs should be given a run out at least once a day;
  • small animals such as hamsters can benefit from exercise wheels and balls.

  • More tips and a report at BBC Inside Out.

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