Friday, January 06, 2006

Even animals gained weight over the holidays

Just like their owners, a growing number of British pets are becoming obese and face chronic illnesses such as heart complaints, diabetes and arthritis, according to research Friday.

A survey of British vets and owners showed that one in three pets, or 33 percent, were considered overweight and 38 percent of pet owners said their animals put on weight over Christmas.

About 30,000 human deaths a year in Britain are attributable to obesity, health experts say.

It's time the dogs get serious about their New Year's resolutions and take their owners out for daily walks.

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