Anthea Turner still beaming at 61 … after taking prescribed collagen pills for her pet dog

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She’s not mean! Anthea Turner still beaming at 61 … after taking prescribed collagen pills for her pet dog

  • Miss Turner says vet joked that collagen pills would also be good for her
  • She took her puppies to Noel Fitzpatrick, now better known as the Television Supervet
  • Collagen is a protein responsible for maintaining joint health and skin elasticity










She made no secret of her fondness for Botox and cosmetic surgery. But now Anthea Turner has revealed a slightly less conventional method of maintaining a youthful appearance at the age of 61.

The TV presenter claims this is all due to taking a drug that was prescribed for one of her dogs.

Miss Turner says the vet joked that the collagen pills would be good for her as well. And while many laughed at the comment, she took it literally.

Anthea Turner (above) revealed a rather less conventional method of maintaining a youthful appearance at the age of 61. Photographed with Digger and Buddie in 2003

TV presenter claims it was all due to taking a drug that was prescribed for one of her dogs

TV presenter claims it was all due to taking a drug that was prescribed for one of her dogs

Why puppy love is a pain

Their playful nature means that raising and training a puppy isn’t quite a walk in the park.

But a survey finds that 17% of dog owners found it even more difficult than raising a baby. More than four in ten “found it difficult” to care for their pet as a puppy, he said.

The owners estimated their dog caused damage worth £ 435 to their homes and belongings.

In the survey of 2,000 people, 30% thought the first two years are the hardest and 23% had “no idea” how much work it takes to raise a puppy.

Potty training, not chewing on furniture, and listening to requests such as “sit” were among the most difficult things to teach.

Owners spend an average of 21 hours per month on initial training – 43 minutes per day, according to the study by pet insurance company Bought By Many. The company has seen an 87% increase in pet behavior problems from 2019 to 2021.

Cockerpoos, Labradors, and Collies were among the breeds most likely to give rise to insurance claims.

The former Blue Peter presenter told Platinum magazine how in 1999 she took her puppies Digger and Buddie to Noel Fitzpatrick, now better known as TV’s Supervet.

“When my golden retrievers were puppies, my vet, Noel Fitzpatrick – then a veterinarian on duty – detected a small hip displacement in one of them,” she said.

“He recommended glucosamine and chondroitin to keep them from getting hip dysplasia and arthritis.

“Then he joked that I should also take collagen because as we get older it’s something that we lose from our face as well as our joints.

“So I started taking the same collagen tablets as the dog. “

Miss Turner, who was 39 at the time and running the Wish You Were Here vacation program, has since swapped the dog medicine for a powdered supplement intended for humans.

Collagen is a protein responsible for maintaining joint health and skin elasticity. It degrades with age and becomes more difficult to replace.

Of the benefits she experienced from taking the supplement, Miss Turner said, “It’s not just about what it does for your skin and hair. It’s only now that I realize that I never hurt. I was definitely one step ahead thanks to Digger, Buddie and Noel Fitzpatrick. ‘

She posed with the dogs for a celebrity pet calendar in 2008 and has tweeted often about her grief in the years following the death.

Miss Turner has been married twice, to Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell, then to businessman Grant Bovey – the couple used their marriage in 2000 to hook up a bar of chocolate.

She has been with her fiance Mark Armstrong since 2019.

Last month, Miss Turner told TV host Lorraine Kelly that she had had plastic surgery. “I made the fools around and I swear by Botox. I can still frown. I haven’t looked really angry since I was 40 and my god you know me I have been angry. I can still laugh! ‘

The former Blue Peter presenter told Platinum magazine how in 1999 she took her puppies Digger and Buddie to Noel Fitzpatrick, now better known as TV's Supervet.

The former Blue Peter presenter told Platinum magazine how in 1999 she took her puppies Digger and Buddie to Noel Fitzpatrick, now better known as TV’s Supervet.


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