PDSA unveils drive to tackle problem of overweight pets

Veterinary charity PDSA has launched a pet-health campaign after research revealed that more than half of pets in the UK are overweight.

The PetCheck programme aims to encourage pet owners to be more aware of their animal's health. As part of the campaign, a new PetCheck vehicle will tour the country offering free advice to the public on all domestic pets and health checks for dogs. The van is a gift from two of the charity's benefactors.

PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) is running the campaign in conjunction with the Pets at Home chain of shops, which is helping to promote the initiative. The charity will use the campaign as an opportunity to raise funds from the public and run regional fundraising events.

"Our mission statement has always been to promote responsible pet care,

said Marilyn Rydstrom, director-general of PDSA. "In light of these worrying new statistics, we want to give a higher profile to this aspect of our work."

The PDSA research was carried out among the charity's vets who treat more than 4,500 pets per day.

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