PDSA Pet Fit Club: Meet the super heavy pets challenging to lose the pounds | Nature | News

The three , three and supersize rabbit tip the scales at staggering 18st 7lb. 

That is almost whole stone heavier than Britain’s new heavyweight superstar.

While our super fit champ has the muscular physique of a well-toned athlete, the seven pets are stepping into the ring for one of the animal world’s most eagerly contested competitions needing to shift some some serious weight.

Each of the animals has been accepted into the PDSA Pet Fit Club with its professional weight loss regime to not only put them in shape but to keep them healthy and active.


One in three dogs and one in four cats in the UK are estimated to be overweight or obese

Rebecca Ashman – PDSA Senior Vet


At 22lb, Pumpkin, the ginger and white tom, is so big he once got stuck in the cat flap. He gets fed three times a day, hates going outside but loves ice cream and crisps. His target weight 15lb.

Lola the bulging bunny is more than a third overweight at 16lb, with a lack of exercise and an over indulgence in carrot treats her guilty secret.

For Marshall, the 32lb, roly-poly Pug, a taste for fatty foods is the reason is he 66 per cent overweight. He once had a fight with another dog over food.

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Seven over weight pets will battle the pounds in the PDSA Pet Fit Club 2017

As the seven Pet Fit Club finalists line up for a six-month diet and exercise regime designed and overseen by PDSA vets and nurses, the charity is warning how so many animals are living couch potato lifestyles, with a third of dogs and a quarter of cats overweight or obese.

An incredible 3.4 million dogs, 2 million cats and 260,000 rabbits are fed treats every day, including crisps, cake, cheese, chips and takeaways, while 1.6 million dogs are not getting walked daily.

Rebecca Ashman, the PDSA Senior Vet who helped select this year’s Pet Fit Club participants, said: “Pet obesity is a growing issue that affects millions of UK pets. One in three dogs and one in four cats in the UK are estimated to be overweight or obese, but the true figure is probably much higher. 

“Carrying excess weight can have serious health risks and increase the chances of pets suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening diseases including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

“With the help of PDSA Pet Fit Club, these owners are making the necessary lifestyle changes to help get their pets down to a healthier weight. We will support them every step of the way over the next six months to ensure they succeed. 

“Sadly, too many pets are being fed inappropriate, unsuitable diets and not receiving enough exercise. 

“At PDSA we are committed to educating owners on how to keep their pets fit and healthy before the problem gets even worse. 

“If owners are unsure what to feed their pets, or are concerned about their weight, their first port of call should be their vet who will be able to advise on a healthy regime.”

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