Fat cats and podgy dogs take on slimming challenge

  • 9 February 2016
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Image caption Diesel the dog is more than double the size he should be.

They might look cute and cuddly, but fat dogs, cats and rabbits are often unhealthy so overweight pets have been invited to sign up to a special pet fit club.

The animal charity the PDSA is running a six month diet and exercise plan to help pets slim down and teach their owners about feeding them well and keeping them active.

A third of all dogs and a quarter of cats are now classed as overweight or obese.

Pets are getting fatter than ever because they're being fed too many treats and leftover takeaways, according to the charity.

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Image caption Zeus and Maia needs to lose around 28kg between them, to be a healthy weight.
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Image caption Shyla's an American bulldog who prefers watching the TV to exercising.
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Image caption Cilla weighs over 58kg and has got fat after eating too many crumpets and biscuits.
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Image caption Lucy is 70% heavier than she should be.

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