Killer diet threat to millions of UK pets

In the UK we have a problem with overweight pets. Many are overfed and under-exercised. As with humans, this can affect their health and quality of life.

Now in its ninth year, the UK’s most successful pet slimming competition has helped many fat cats, huge hounds and rotund rabbits shed the pounds to reach a healthier weight, and live longer and happier lives.

The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report has shown that sadly millions of UK pets are being killed with kindness; our research reveals that over ten million pets are being fed too many fatty treats, including takeaways, cheese, cakes and crisps, which is fuelling the UK pet obesity epidemic.

PDSA is now searching for up to 30 overweight dogs, cats and rabbits to take part in the six month diet and exercise programme, overseen by PDSA vets and vet nurses.

To enter your pet, please complete the online entry form below.

Enter Pet Fit Club 2014!

Have you got an overweight pet? Do you want to give them a healthy future? Why not enter them for this year’s PDSA Pet Fit Club competition?

Ruby the dog after her diet

Ruby – the 2013 Pet Fit Club winner

Last year’s Pet Fit Club winner was Jack Russell terrier Ruby, from Sunderland, who shed an impressive one-third of her bodyweight. When she started the six-month diet and exercise programme back in May 2013, she tipped the scales at 9.1kg (1stone 6lbs), making her morbidly obese and more than 50% overweight.

Ruby’s waistline grew after she was adopted by owner Angela Martin four years ago. A former stray, Ruby was ‘spoilt rotten’ to compensate for her tough start in life. But all the snacks and titbits led to unhealthy weight gain.

“It got to the stage where she couldn’t jump on the sofa or the bed,” said Angela. “The only thing she would move for was food. But now she’s like a puppy again and loves to run on the beach. Entering Pet Fit Club is the best thing we have done for Ruby.”

Find out more about Ruby's story here:

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Pet Fit Club Hall of Fame

PDSA Fit Club is now in its ninth year and over that time the competition has helped many pets slim down to a healthier weight and live longer and happier lives. Meet the former Pet Fit Club champs


Your free guides to keeping your pet healthy

Learn more about keeping your pet healthy, including diet and exercise tips and how to assess your pet’s correct shape. You can also download PDSA’s Animal Wellbeing Report, revealing the state of our pet nation.


PAW Report

PAW Report


Diet & Nutrition

Diet & Nutrition


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There are also useful posters to download which you can use to assess what a healthy shape is for your dog, cat or rabbit:

Dog Body Shape

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Cat Body Shape

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Rabbits Body Shape

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2014 Competition Sponsors

Diets for the dog and cat finalists are kindly supplied by Hill's. Hill's is also kindly supplying a year's free Hill's diet food for the overall national cat and dog winner and a pet-friendly mini break up to the value of £300.


Diets for rabbit finalists will be kindly supplied by Burgess. Burgess will also supply a year's free rabbit food for the overall winning rabbit.

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Spaniel Jack was rehomed by his new owner at a staggering 105% overweight. He's since gone on to lose almost half his bodyweight, and is now a much happier and healthier dog.


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