The number of overweight and obese pets continues to rise in the UK.\r\n\r\nKellie Ceccarelli, the veterinary training manager for Eukanuba, shares her top tips on how you can advise pet owners to keep an eye on their dog\u2019s\u00a0waistline so they can live a long, happy and healthy life.\r\n\r\n1. Keep your dog fit and healthy\r\n\r\nKellie says: \u201cMake sure they keep their dog nice and trim. Regular exercise and a high quality diet will ensure their dog remains as close to an ideal weight and body condition as possible. Feed according to the\u00a0pet\u2019s optimal body weight and the manufacturers feeding guidelines, but keep in mind that these are just\u00a0guidelines and their pet\u2019s energy requirements are unique to him\/her.\r\n\r\n2. Speak to your Vet\r\n\r\nKellie says: \u201cWhatever the dog\u2019s age, if the owner thinks their canine companion may be overweight, speak\u00a0to a vet or vet nurse as they will be able to identify the dog\u2019s ideal body weight and provide them with a\u00a0feeding plan to help the dog lose any extra lbs safely. They will also give the owner guidance on safe\u00a0exercise suited to both the dog\u2019s needs and the owners lifestyle.\u201d\r\n\r\n3. Review their food\r\n\r\nKellie says: \u201cThere are some times in a dog\u2019s life when weight gain becomes more common, such as later in\u00a0life or after neutering. Keep in mind that typically from the age of 7 years many dogs begin to show signs of\u00a0middle age spread.\r\n\r\n"Of course we mustn\u2019t forget about genetics as they play an important role but I think\u00a0it\u2019s important to realise that pet owners really can make a huge difference with diet, exercise, appropriate\u00a0care and good veterinary care.\r\n\r\nCase Study:\u00a0\r\n\r\nFrank (owner Elizabeth Williams) has had\u00a0incredible results. So far Frank has\u00a0lost 15\u00a0percent\u00a0bodyweight (between February to April 2016) and still continues to lose weight to reach a healthy\u00a0body condition.\r\n\r\nPatient: Frank, 5 year old, Parsons Jack Russell Terrier\r\n\r\nOwner: Mrs Elizabeth Williams\r\n\r\nWeight pre-treatment: 13.1kg (January)\r\n\r\nWeight post-treatment: 10.8kg (April)\r\n\r\nOwner Elizabeth said: \u201cSince going onto the diet the change in Frank has been terrific; he\u2019s slim, energetic, happy and his digestion\u00a0is the best it\u2019s been in years. We can\u2019t believe what has been achieved and we\u2019re so pleased we took the\u00a0steps to give Frank a happier and healthier life."