HUDDERSFIELD canines are among the fattest in the country and have the worst teeth, according to research.

Almost a third of dogs in the North-East are overweight, and an alarming 34% have dental disease.

The findings come after a health study of 4,000 dogs was carried out by the veterinary charity PDSA.

Dogs in the North-East were diagnosed as the unhealthiest in the country.

A shocking 28% were found to be overweight compared with just 12% in the South East and 19% in Wales and the Midlands.

Canines in Northern Ireland had the worst dental record with 40% showing problems.

Dogs in the North East, including Huddersfield, followed closely behind.

Those in London had the best teeth, with only on in five dogs suffering tooth rot.

PDSA senior veterinary surgeon Elaine Pendlebury, said: "Each year we see a worrying number of pets that are overweight and with poor teeth, which are mostly preventable conditions.

"Our data confirms there is a continued need for us to highlight our pet health care messages and encourage owners to take more of an interest in their pet's diet and exercise regime."

The figures come after the PDSA carried out a nationwide study offering free pet health checks in mobile vehicles.

The PetCheck vehicles will be taking to the road again in March offering people the chance to have their animals examined for free.

More details on or call 0800 917 2509.