Dogs in Dundee have been found to be some of the heaviest in the UK.
A recent survey has revealed that pooches in the City of Discovery weigh on average 47% more than their ideal weight.
The study by Pets at Home, which involved over half a million weigh-ins across the UK, showed that dogs in the area are significantly more likely to have an issue with their weight than elsewhere nationally.
Carrying extra pounds can lead to damage to joints, bones and ligaments as well as breathing problems, it said. In the worst cases, it can cut a dog’s life short.
On the whole, the average British dog weighs 22% more than it should.
Dr. Maeve Moorcroft, Veterinary Advisor for Pets at Home, said: “It’s interesting to see that on average the nation’s dogs are struggling to maintain their ideal weight. One of the things many pet owners struggle with is not spoiling their beloved dog with too many treats and snacks, for example cheese and chocolate, which can be harmful to their health.
“However, just as in humans, eating too many treats and carrying extra pounds can have consequences for canines, including damage to joints, bones and ligaments, problems with breathing and digestion and even quality and length of life in extreme cases.
“That’s why it’s important for pet owners to feed a balanced, nutritious diet to their dog.”
The areas where dogs are most overweight are:
1. Swinton (Yorkshire) – 48% (over their guideline weight*)
2. Dundee, Edgware and Beckton – 47%
3. Ferndale,Hounslow and Greenock – 46%
4. Faringdon, Dovercourt, Cliftonville – 45%
5. Blackwood, Hainault and Bidford on Avon- 44%