A cavalier King Charles spaniel has been named PDSA’s top slimmer of the year after losing almost a third of his bodyweight as part of the charity’s annual Pet Fit Club competition.
A cavalier King Charles spaniel has been named PDSA’s top slimmer of the year.
Seven-year-old super-sized spaniel Jack, from Middlesex, lost nearly a third of his bodyweight as part of the charity’s annual Pet Fit Club competition, which launched in April 2012.
At the start of the competition Jack tipped the scales at more than 20kg, double his ideal weight, and had become deaf due to fat blockages in his ears. After six months of dieting and increased exercise, he is now down to 14.1kg.
Jack’s new owner Rose Welsh said: “When Jack first came to us, he was morbidly obese and could barely walk. I couldn’t bear to see him in such a sad state, so took him to the vet to talk about a diet and fitness plan.
“Today, he is a different dog and we call him Jumping Jack instead of Jumbo Jack, as he jumps every time he barks now. He is fit, healthy and happy – everything a pet should be – and we are absolutely thrilled.”
Jack’s owners have won a pet-friendly holiday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire, as well as a year’s free supply of diet food from Hill’s to help Jack shed the remaining pounds to get down to his ideal weight.
Other commended finalists included:
- Billie the black and white tom cat from Sunderland, who lost 2kg of his bodyweight;
- Molly the Rottweiler from Barnsley, who lost 17kg, slimming down from a starting weight of 66kg; and
- Deco the Labrador from Bradford, who lost 18.7kg and helped spur his owner on to lose more than 19kg.
The Pet Fit Club is now in its seventh year and has seen 68 pets lose a total of 238kg (37st 7lb) since 2005 – the equivalent of a baby grand piano, 77 Yorkshire Terriers or 600 tins of dog food!