A Labrador Retriever who is a whopping double his ideal weight has joined the UK pet slimming competition!
These dogs, who just love pizza, burgers and bacon, are now following a new diet and exercise program to help them lose weight.
Meet the fat doggy contestants!
Bobby the Labrador Retriever steals whole picnics
Bobby is a chocolate Labrador Retriever – a very, very big one! This Lab is 100% bigger than he should be. Hailing from Dundee, the Lab weighs 140 pounds (63.5 kilograms).
“Bobby is a good dog, he’s lovely natured but his mischievous side comes out during the summer when there are picnics around!” Marilyn Neave, Bobby’s human, said. “You can’t let him off the lead if there is food about. He’s stolen many picnics during his time.”
Harley the Cocker Spaniel resembles a panda
Harley is a black and white Cocker Spaniel from Edinburgh. The pooch weighs about 59.52 pounds (27 kilograms) – nearly 60% heavier than he should be.
“Other people call him fatty, and Chinese and foreign tourists always stop us in Princes Street and take photos because they think he looks like a panda,” owner Lisa Mitchell said. “He’s so big he got stuck under a caravan while chasing rabbits recently and I had to push his bum to get him through.I want him to lose weight for his health and his happiness. He is spoilt but I want him to live longer.”
Kayla the Mastiff is a superb beggar
A Mastiff from Glasgow whose name is Kayla is the third contender.
She weighed 134.4 pounds (61 kilograms) and has already managed to lose a few pounds. The pup now weighs 59.4kilograms but is still around a third bigger than she should be.
“The only thing Kayla doesn’t like to eat is peas but other than that she’ll eat pretty much anything,” owner Agnes Higgins said. “She doesn’t steal food but she does give you the puppy-dog eyes and I’ve fallen for them far too many times.”
Higgins, who used to give Kayla pizza, wants the best health for her pooch.
“I just want to help Kayla become as healthy as possible. I need to try and protect her and help her live for as long as possible.”
Pets Road To Fitness
Along with 14 other animals, the three dogs are now following a program specially designed for them at their local PDSA pet hospitals as they compete to lose the greatest amount of weight.
The competition winner will be announced in December.
According to Vet Hannah McIvor, from Glasgow Shamrock Street Pet Hospital, said:
“Pet obesity levels are on the rise and it’s really important to tackle this issue head-on.
PDSA research has found that four-out-of-five vet professionals have seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years.
Owners should follow guidelines when feeding their pets, not just guess or go on past experience.
It sounds obvious but if our pets eat too much and don’t do enough exercise, then they will pile on the weight and risk developing serious diseases like heart disease.
The Scottish pets in this year’s Pet Fit Club competition are taking the first step towards a healthier and happier new life.
We will provide advice and support for all of the pets’ owners as they embark on this challenge.”
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Article source: The Scotsman