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Ownership advice for dog lovers
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The special dog owner days start on Friday
Dog owners are being urged to take advantage of advice and free health checks for their pets at a special event in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Council environmental wardens are joining forces with pet charity the PDSA to promote responsible dog ownership in the city.

The wardens will be on hand at the PDSA PetCheck vehicle at three city parks.

It will be at Inverleith Park on 17 August, Portobello Park on 18 August and Holyrood Park on 19 August.

Owners will be offered advice on taking proper responsibility for pets and will be encouraged to pick up after them.

Dog fouling

Cllr Robert Aldridge, Edinburgh Council's environment leader, said: "The wardens will be teaming up with PDSA at the event to give people advice on cleaning up properly after their dogs.

"Most owners recognise that dog fouling is both unsightly and poses a health hazard.

"Our environmental wardens will not hesitate to take action to ensure that people abide by their responsibility to pick up after their pets."

Elaine Pendlebury, PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, said: "During the 2006 PDSA PetCheck tour, PDSA figures revealed that obesity in dogs had increased to 21% compared to 17% back in 2003 and that dental problems had also soared, reaching 27% in 2006, compared to 21% in 2003.

"Both of these conditions can have very serious health implications, so we are urging as many dog owners as possible to visit the PDSA PetCheck nurse to get their dogs checked over."

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