A competition designed to help cats and dogs lose weight safely has been brought back by popular demand by an animal health food company.

A competition designed to help cats and dogs lose weight safely has been brought back by popular demand by an animal health food company.

Fudge was last year's winnerRoyal Canin has launched its second “Weigh-in Club” competition, which will once again aim to reward veterinary nurses who work with their clients to effectively tackle pet obesity.

The competition had more than 170 registrations last year, and the manufacturer of Obesity Management and Satiety Support diets is encouraging veterinary practices across the UK and Ireland to support VN-led weight management clinics.

The competition is open to veterinary nurses whose clients’ pets have undergone a supervised weight loss programme (being fed exclusively on Royal Canin diets) and have met their target weights.

The overall winning nurse will receive £500 worth of high street shopping vouchers, as well as £1,000 of equipment vouchers for their practice.

Every nurse who submits a qualifying entry will receive a free silicone watch and two entries will win him or her a Royal Canin fleece.
Royal Canin’s Gudi Stuttard said: “With canine and feline obesity on the increase, veterinary nurses have an important role to play in educating pet owners and supporting the weight loss process.

“That’s why we’re looking for the very best examples so that we can celebrate the success of nurses, practices and clients and demonstrate to other owners how important and achievable it is to help pets reach a healthy weight.”
Participating practices will be sent competition materials to display in practices to encourage weight-loss clients to take part in the competition.

VNs will also have the chance to track their entrants’ progress on Royal Canin’s interactive website, where they can upload “before and after” photos and compare weight loss with other competitors.

As an added incentive to pet owners, the overall winning client will receive free Royal Canin pet food for a year and £500 worth of high street shopping vouchers. The top-11 runners up will appear, alongside the winner, in a Royal Canin calendar. Every owner who enters will receive a “Company of Animals’ Activity Pyramid” to help them keep their pets in great shape.

Last year’s overall winner was Fudge (pictured), a large cross-breed dog that shed 29kg with the help of his owners and a veterinary nurse. Fudge originally weighed 77.7kg before losing 37 per cent of his body weight.

Visit the dedicated website to register online.
The closing date for this year’s competition is September 30, and winners and runners-up will be announced at the end of November.

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