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From podgy pooches to healthy hounds...Leeds pets’ mission to lose the puppy fat

Trixie and Eddy at PDSA The F redrick Jennings Centre in Leeds, with Veterinary Care Assistant Billie Woodhead and owner Karl Lehmann.

Trixie and Eddy at PDSA The F redrick Jennings Centre in Leeds, with Veterinary Care Assistant Billie Woodhead and owner Karl Lehmann.

THOSE puppy dog eyes are understandably hard to resist - but you could be killing your pets with your misguided kindness.

That’s the message to pet lovers from Karl Lehmann, whose beloved dogs Trixie and Eddy have become the poster pooches for a new canine health campaign.

The tubby Terriers are both classified as morbidly obese.

Trixie, 14, tips the scales at 17.2kg, making her over 70 per cent overweight, while her younger companion Eddy, who is three-years-old, weighs 16.4kg and is nearly 40 per cent overweight. .

Karl, 53, from New Farnley, admits he and wife Deborah have been guilty of showering the pair with treats, including cheese on toast and cream buns!

But after advice from pet charity PDSA, they are now on a major drive to turn the podgy pooches into healthy hounds,

Karl said: “We know the buck stops with us so when we’re tempted by their puppy dog eyes to give them the last bit of our cream bun, or the last bit of pizza, then we’ve just got to say no.

“When you stop and think about it you can see that they are too big.

“But sometimes as an owner you don’t realise that foods like dental chews, which we give to Trixie to keep her teeth healthy and freshen her breath, contain a really high number of calories.”

The chubby canines are now on a strict diet and exercise regime.

Karl said: “We want to get them right again. We have got them on a light, dry food diet and no treats, human or dog! It was not their fault. But we want to get them healthy again.”

“We are really grateful to PDSA,” he added. “It’s been a good education for both of us as well.

“People should take note of it. We often treat our pets like our children and people just don’t realise, but we could be killing them with love.”

PDSA has launched its annual fat-fighting competition, the PDSA Pet Fit Club. Owners can enter their pets at www.pdsa.org.uk/petfitclub. The deadline for entries is Sunday, April 27.

 

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