Dog responsibility urged in light of worlds fattest dashhund
Balanced diets and exercise are not just for humans but for pet dogs too, independent.co.uk writer and animal rights campaigner Dr Victoria Martindale has said.
Her comments were made following the discovery of internet sensation “Obie” – who, at 77 pounds (5.5 stone), is officially the world’s fattest dachshund.
While the five-year-old sausage dog might look odd and even humorous to some, the writer warns that the issue of dog obesity is becoming a widespread problem. Last year, pdsa.org.uk‘s Paw Report found that of the 8.3 million dogs in the UK, one in three is obese.
Just like in humans, obesity can lead to health problems in dogs – including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and breathing problems.
“A podgy pooch may look cute but unless we fight the flab for our dogs they won’t live as long as we would like,” remarked Dr Martindale. Therefore dog owners should take responsibility for their pooch by feeding them a healthy diet and slipping on the dog harness regularly for walks.
Owners are additionally warned that they have a duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which states that owners can be jailed or fined for the mistreatment or abuse of animals – this includes overfeeding.
“Just as we know what those extra crisps and fat laden nibbles do to our hips, our table scraps are definitely not meant for our dogs,” Dr Martindale said.