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  Junk food blamed for podgy pets
Updated 14 January 2004, 18.50
Loads of pets are getting fatter
Pets in the UK are getting fatter and fatter because we're feeding them the wrong things and too often.

Pet charity The Blue Cross said that around 20% of the animals taken to its hospitals are now overweight.

Some Blue Cross hospitals have even had to set up special weight loss clinics for animals because they're so tubby.

Foods like baked beans, burgers, hot dogs, curries and pizzas and huge portions of pet food are being blamed for the increase in pets' weight.

The head vet at the London Blue Cross hospital, Caroline Reay, said the amount of food the pets are eating is making them unhealthy.

She added: "It's very sad because many of these pets no longer have a decent quality of life as they have great difficulty doing the simplest of things such as walking or breathing."

Being overwight can give pets bad joints, diabetes, respiratory problems, arthritis, heart disease and skin complaints.

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