Pet Fit Club winner revealed
16 supersized pets have been battling the bulge on our six-month diet and exercise programme overseen by PDSA vets and nurses. This year’s fat cats, heavy hounds and rotund rabbits have lost a staggering 57kg (8 stone 9lbs) – equivalent to 900 mince pies, 125 Christmas puddings or 14 turkeys!
But who will be the winner? Take a look below to find out who has been crowned the PDSA Pet Fit Club Champ 2013.
‘Sweet taste of slimming success for Jack Russell, Ruby’
Prior to taking part in Pet Fit Club, former roly-poly rescue dog Ruby, from Sunderland, was more than 50% overweight, making her morbidly obese.
Her story begins as a sad one - an unloved and underweight stray who was found roaming the streets and taken into a local animal shelter, before she was adopted by Angela Martin and her partner Steve around four years ago. But their desire to show her love and kindness resulted in Ruby being fed too many treats and the pounds gradually began to pile on.
Tipping the scales at a colossal 9.1kg (1st 6lbs) Ruby became so big that she could not longer jump up on the settee and even the lightest of activities would leave her out of breath.
The family decided something needed to be done and Ruby was enrolled onto PDSA Pet Fit Club. In six months a complete transformation has taken place: Ruby is now a shadow of her former self after shedding a third of her bodyweight, weighing in at around 6kg.
Owner Angela said: “The difference in Ruby since losing weight is amazing. She is like a completely different dog – so much happier and with lots of energy.
“We are absolutely delighted with the results and can’t thank PDSA enough for helping Ruby to slim down. It doesn’t matter about winning the competition – just seeing Ruby
enjoying a new lease of life tearing around the garden and playing with her toys is the best prize for us.”
Ruby’s owners have won a pet-friendly holiday from cottages4you as well as a year’s free supply of Hills (metabolic) pet food, to help keep Ruby at her ideal weight.
Edinburgh pooch TJ started the competition weighing in at 5st 5lbs (34kg) which made her around 70% overweight.
The seriously overweight Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who had a dangerous obsession for sniffing out chocolate, has lost almost a quarter (23%) of her bodyweight in just six months after taking part in PDSA Pet Fit Club.
Owner Katy Visentin said: “Before losing the weight, TJ used to struggle to exercise and she even refused to go for a walk. Now, the spring is back in her step and she even climbs 500ft hills in her stride!”
She is now a much slimmer 4st 1lb (26kg) after shedding almost 8kg. PDSA vets say the weight loss, which has seen TJ lose a colossal 14cm of flab from her waist, will also help ease her arthritis.
This ex-chubby Cocker Spaniel from Glasgow has lost more than 20% of her bodyweight.
Nyah weighed a whopping 4st 10lbs (29.8kg) when she began the six-month PDSA diet and fitness programme back in May, making her nearly 60% overweight. She is now a much slimmer 3st 6lbs (22.9kg) after shedding over a stone (6.9kg) and she lost a whopping 15cm from her waist alone.
Catherine Jeng, 69, who is delighted at how well her beloved pet Nyah has done said:
“We followed the strict diet and exercise regime closely and, in addition to feeding Nyah the Hills diet food, we swapped unhealthy treats for small amounts of raw vegetables if Nyah was feeling extra peckish.”
Greedy Golden Retriever Poppie from Bradford has become a shadow of her former self in just six months.
She weighed 4st 10lb (30.1kg) when she began the Pet Fit Club challenge, making her around 40% overweight. Poppie, who was born with three legs, is now a much slimmer 3 stone 10lbs (23.7kg) after shedding over a stone (6.4kg) – an impressive 21% of her body weight.
Poppie’s owner Robert said: “The transformation in Poppie is amazing – she is far happier and has so much more energy. Before losing the weight she could only walk about 50 yards and would then need to stop to catch her breath, but now she enjoys long walks and does her best to keep up with our other dog Eva. They even play together now and chase each round, which never happened before.”
Mega moggy Cookie from Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, has almost done a vanishing act, shedding an impressive 17cm from her waist after taking part in PDSA Pet Fit Club.
Cookie weighed in at a staggering 1 stone 5 pounds (8.4kg) back in May, making her around 90% overweight. She is now a much trimmer 7.3kg after dropping 1.1kg, equivalent to 13% of her body weight.
But the biggest difference has been to her body shape – she has also lost a phenomenal 17cm from her chest. Cookie still has more weight to lose to reach her ideal weight, so will be continuing with the diet until she reaches her target weight.
Laura Jane Bradford, who rescued Cookie as a kitten, said: “Cookie is much happier and healthier now – and a lot more vocal than she used to be! Before she would sleep most of the day, but since starting Pet Fit Club, she is definitely more active.
“Without PDSA’s help we wouldn’t have thought it was possible to help Cookie in her golden years lose weight. The vets and nurses were always there with encouragement and advice.”
Seven-year-old Spaniel/Collie cross Oscar from Sunderland weighed in at 5 stone 2lbs (33kg) before Pet Fit Club, weighing almost a third more than a healthy dog of his type.
He’s gone on to shed 20% of his bodyweight – but his weight loss has also helped to save his life. After dropping 7kg over the 6 month programme, a routine vet check up discovered a worrying lump on his side. A major operation followed to remove it from his spleen, and he’s since gone on to make a full recovery.
“Without shedding the pounds, the problem wouldn’t have been picked up, so we are eternally grateful to PDSA,” said owner his owner Tanya Burrell. “Oscar is still living life to the full and is happier and healthier than ever. “
Mizzy the Bull Mastiff, from Derby, was the biggest dog to have ever taken part in PDSA Pet Fit Club.
The five year-old weighed in at a whopping 11st 4lb (71.6kg) at the start of the competition in May, but the huge hound is now a much slimmer 9st 3lb (58.95kg) after shedding more than two stone.
Mizzy’s owner, Cheryl Pedley, 50, said she was delighted after her pet lost 18% of her bodyweight.
She said: “Mizzy is now a completely different dog. She’s so much happier, and loves to drag me out for walks now, rather than the other way round! She runs and enjoys playing in muddy puddles and we walk for miles now.”
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 next year’s PDSA Pet Fit Club competition?
Other notable slimmers
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Xena, from Cardiff, used to scoff everything from sausages to sweeties but has now lost 13% of her bodyweight and trimmed 7cm from her waist.
Former fat cat Prince was accustomed to living like royalty and used to beg for his favourite snacks of Indian sweets and ice cream. But the Derby Tomcat’s journey on Pet Fit Club has seen him lose 11% of his bodyweight - with 9cm of flab disappearing from his chest.
Lutterworth Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Benji got away with finishing off his housemate’s food for years as he slowly piled on the pounds. Some tough love and a strict diet and exercise programme have helped him lose 11% of his bodyweight and a whopping 14cm from his chest!
He may be named after a popular comedy horror film but the only thing scary about Beetlejuice is his weight! The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, from London, is not quite up there with the Hollywood slimmers yet but he’s on the right track after losing 6% of his bodyweight.
Dorchester fat cat Ulric is the largest ever feline to take part in Pet Fit Club. But while he still has a long way to go to get down to a healthy weight he’s making good progress after shifting 10cm from his waist in six months.
Take a closer look at the porky pets who are taking part in the six month diet and exercise competition.
Pet obesity revealed
Findings from the landmark PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, the biggest assessment of pet wellbeing ever, shows that:
- 91% of owners understand their pets will have a shortened lifespan if they are overweight
- 93% of owners understand that pets can get the same obesity-related conditions as people
- 71% of owners are aware that food meant for humans shouldn’t be part of a pet’s daily diet
- 48% of owners admit to giving their pet a treat because they think it makes their pet feel happy, while 29% of owners say it’s because it makes them happy
Pet Fit Club Hall of Fame
PDSA Fit Club is now in its eighth 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.
There are also useful posters to download which you can use to assess what a healthy shape is for your dog, cat or rabbit:
2013 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.
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.
The owner of the overall pet crowned Pet Fit Club Champ – across all finalists – will receive a pet-friendly cottage break up to the value of £300 with cottages4you, kindly sponsored by Hill’s and cottages4you.
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