A WARNING has been issued to dog lovers who like to treat their pampered pooches to finer foods after a dog tipped the scales at 28kg.
Staff at Dogs Trust Evesham welcomed a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Buster in February who was twice the weight of an average Staffie.
Paula Boyden, veterinary director at the trust, advised owners against exposing their four legged friends to an unhealthy diet.
“Human food is not an ideal balanced diet for your dog,” she said.
“Treats and special meals should be dog friendly, occasional and certainly not a replacement for a regular diet.
“Such treats are often highly calorific so if you are giving them to your dog, reduce his daily meal portions accordingly.”
Since his arrival, Buster has lost nine kg and now the trust have launched an appeal for Vale residents to re-home the six-year-old.
Emma Bragginton, assistant manager, said: “Buster really is a larger than life character and is already a firm favourite with his carers.
“He is definitely the largest Staffie we have ever had at the re-homing centre. After a strict diet and plenty of long walks he soon shed the pounds and now looks the picture of health.”
Anyone interested in giving Buster a home can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk or call 01386 830613 for more information.