Pet Fit Club Slimmer of the Year finalists announced
The PDSA says about one in three UK dogs, and one in four cats are overweight. Here are some of the finalists aiming to get the title of Slimmer of the Year...
Daisy here from Middlesbrough, who weighs 28kg, is taking part in the PDSA's Pet Fit Club. The animal charity estimates that more than 10 million pets are getting fatty treats due to owners sharing their own unhealthy eating habits.
These are some of the 17 portly pets who are the finalists aiming to get the title of Pet Fit Club Slimmer of the Year. Millie here, from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, weighs in at 9.3kg.
Millie, who's a Jack Russell terrier, is 40% heavier than she should be, because her owners have been feeding her takeaway food. The charity says obesity is one of the biggest welfare issues affecting pets in the UK today.
Barney from Basildon is taking part in the Pet Fit Club. The charity says obesity is entirely reversible, and that with veterinary advice and guidance it is never too late to try and improve a pet’s life by tackling weight problems.
Zorro the kitty, from Dundee in Scotland, is hoping to lose a little of his 9.4kg weight. He should weigh about 5kg, but has been chomping cheese and onion crisps and waking his owner up in the middle of the night for more food!
Alfie from Bradford, a miniature pinscher weighing 9.5kg, will also be taking part. It's hoped the owners of this year’s finalists will soon have happier and healthier pets and that their stories will help encourage other owners to take action.