New data released by veterinary charity, PDSA, reveals the staggeringly unhealthy - and downright dangerous - diets of UK pets. According to the organisation, a\u00a0third of dogs and a quarter of cats now overweight or obese.\r\n\r\n5.5 million owners admit to\u00a0feeding their cat, dog or rabbit treats every day. These include potentially hazardous fatty or sweet snacks such as\u00a0cake, biscuits, crisps, chips, takeaways and chocolate.\r\n\r\n186,000 dogs and\u00a0111,000 cats are believed to have sampled alcohol.\u00a0More than four million UK dogs, cats and rabbits are fed scraps as their main meal.\r\n\r\nPets that become overweight may develop\u00a0arthritis, as a result, or suffer from diabetes and heart disease.\u00a0The\u00a0PDSA Pet Fit Club, which helps owners improve their pets' diet and health, has\u00a0helped 74 dogs, 32 cats and six rabbits lose a total 63 stone 11lb since its launch\u00a0in 2005.\r\n\r\nPDSA Vet Vicki Larkham-Jones said:\u00a0\u201cNearly half of pet owners believe that obesity is the biggest threat to animal welfare in the next ten years \u2013 yet pets continue to be fed unsuitable diets which is fuelling the problem."\r\n\r\n60 percent of the pet owners\u00a0surveyed felt that overweight pets are less happy. 88 percent believed that the extra weight\u00a0gave their animals\u00a0a shorter life span. Pet industry members, from vets to store owners, has been working hard to increase awareness, eduction and easy access to appropriate diets. Let's hope that owners will take note of\u00a0this support and encouragement, resulting in happier, healthier pets.