A Four Marks woman has explained how an app which rewards people for taking care of their dog has given her much more than financial rewards.

Biscuit Pet Care is an app which helps pet owners care for the health and well-being of their four-legged friends, making it easier and rewarding them for doing so.

Biscuit awards points as ‘Biscuits’ for walking dogs plus other well-being elements such as providing flea and worm treatments.

Users exchange their ‘Biscuits’ for reward vouchers and offers, claiming £400,000 in rewards in the start-up’s first year.

Four Marks dog owner Gail Walters says the app has not only helped her care for her dog Dafni, as after being diagnosed with type two diabetes and high blood pressure her own health has benefited too.

She said: “The Biscuit app has made a huge difference to my life. Walking has become an important part of my routine for managing my mental health and helping control my overeating. It’s like a comfort blanket.

“My dog Dafni is a huge comfort to me – I love being able to monitor our walks together and I look forward to them now, rather than seeing them as a chore.

“It’s great seeing the route view and knowing how far we’ve walked, and it motivates me to walk for at least an hour a day which is more than I’ve ever done before. I have been able to reduce my blood sugar to a pre-diabetes level and some weeks Dafni and I can walk up to 35km.

“If someone had told me a year ago that an app could change my life, I’d have laughed at them. But it really has been a life saver.”

Since downloading the Biscuit app Gail has earned £50, which she has used at Asda, Marks & Spencer and Harvester.