Molly the fat dog
The Ideal Size for Molly

Introducing Molly the Rottweiler

Rotund Rottweiler Molly, from Barnsley, was first brought home as a tiny puppy by her owner Wayne Houlston and his wife Carol, but years of too many titbits have finally taken their toll and now they are determined to help their beloved pooch slim down.

Weight story

The weight problems started when the pair began serving Molly their food leftovers and visitors couldn’t resist giving her a treat from the jar when they popped round.

Wayne said: “Her weight has probably been an issue for a while but we didn’t realise how serious it was until she had problems with her back legs and she couldn’t stand up properly.”

Half way update

Rotund Rottweiler Molly has taken to Pet Fit Club like a duck to water after shedding an impressive amount of weight in just three months!
Years of being fed too many titbits had led to Molly piling on the pounds. As a result she found it difficult to enjoy walks because she was so overweight.

Owner Wayne admits, there has been one ‘accident’ so far. He said: “She once ate our other dog Tess’s food as well as her own. I was on the phone and had put the food bowl down on the floor. I could hear the bowl moving but thought it was Tess but when I looked round I could see it was Molly.

“Instead of slouching all the time she’s now more alert, thanks to the diet regime provided by PDSA vets. She knows when it’s time for a walk and she’s a lot happier as well.”

Molly the dog

The Final Weigh In


Starting weight: 65.6kg

% overweight: 65%

Ideal weight: 40kg

Finishing weight: 48.8kg

Total weight lost: 16.8kg (26%)

Waist decrease: 18cm

Molly and her owners are celebrating after she lost a massive 16.8kg (26% of her bodyweight) during Pet Fit Club!

Before taking part in the competition, Molly would go on a walk and then need a rest for 10 minutes before continuing. But since adapting to her new diet and learning that treats are no longer on offer, Molly has been able to do more exercise, helping her weight loss.

Owner Wayne said: “Molly has done brilliantly. She is a lot more energetic and can now keep up with the grandchildren! She is a lot happier and everyone remarks how well she is doing.

“My advice to other owners in a similar situation with an overweight pet is to speak to your vet to get their advice. I was in denial about how big Molly was. You’ve got to be strict with yourself. By giving them less food you feel as though you’re neglecting your animal but when you see the results it’s a big boost. Pet Fit Club has been absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t have asked for more support.

PDSA Vet Advice

Sean Wensley, PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, said: “Excess pounds can contribute to a number of serious health conditions and, sadly, it does reduce life expectancy. But the good news is that it’s never too late to make positive changes to a pet’s diet and lifestyle.”

PDSA advises that owners always consult their own vet for dog diet and pet exercise advice. Why not visit our pet health video pages for further information too.


You can sponsor Molly on her weight loss journey by visiting her Just Giving page.

All donations will help PDSA treat the thousands of sick and injured pets our vets and nurses see each day.

PDSA Pet Fit Club finalist, podgy pet, Molly enjoys some exercise to aid her weight loss.

PDSA Pet Fit Club finalist Molly the dog may be a podgy pet at present but her owners are taking steps with a specialised dog diet and doggy exercise to help her reach a healthy size. In this video watch how Molly is increasing her exercise with extra walks, in a bid to be crowned PDSA Pet Fit Club Winner 2012.

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