TRIMMING her tubby tabby Balu is Lynne Becker with the help of veterinary nurse, Necia Stoddart
TRIMMING her tubby tabby Balu is Lynne Becker with the help of veterinary nurse, Necia Stoddart

Fat cat nothing to laugh about

By ROXANNE MILLAR

WHEN it comes to obesity, it seems no one is safe.

Those tasty tarts, crunchy cookies and devilish Danishes are adding pounds to the waistlines of women and men everywhere, and finally, to the girth's of man's best friend.

Pooches and pussys on the Tweed are getting fatter and vets have urged pet owners to develop a diet for all family members - regardless of species.

King Street Vet Hospital veterinarian Phil Taragel said pet obesity had terrible health and financial implications for pets and their owners.

"The problems are similar to those that overweight humans face. Pets are partial to arthritic and joint pain, pancreatic problems, heart problems and diabetes," he said.

"These can make life expensive for owners, as the pets may need a higher level of medication."

As the trend to pamper a pet like a child grows, Mr Taragel said it was no surprise that obesity had also grown.

"Pets are getting closer to the family, which is nice, but there is more pampering and treats out there to give a pet," he said.

"People are also finding they have less time to exercise their animal because of their busy lives."

In reaction to the Australia-wide problem, pet nutrition company Hill's has launched a slimming competition for moggys and mutts all over the country.

Owners can enter their pet in the weight-watchers comp at King Street Vet Hospital to win great prizes, such as a year's supply of food and a pet shopping spree.



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