Myrtle with her owner Sue Thomas and head nurse Jane Ridgway.

A once-obese dog has won a year’s supply of Hill’s Prescription Diet food after losing nearly a stone in weight.

Springer spaniel Myrtle tipped the scales at 33kg, prompting owners, Michael and Sue Thomas, to seek help from Raoul Dowding Veterinary Surgeons in Gainsborough.

They attended free weight clinics at the surgery, as part of its three-month Weight Reduction and Mobility Campaign from March to May to tackle pet obesity in Lincolnshire.

Mr and Mrs Thomas were advised to stop feeding Myrtle pork pies, biscuits, scraps from their plates and too many treats.

Zest for life

Myrtle running
A healthier, more energetic Myrtle following her weight loss.

Myrtle now weighs a healthier 28kg and has more energy, improved mobility and has rediscovered her zest for life, her owners claim.

All pets that were signed up to the campaign were assessed to see which had the biggest percentage weight loss – and Myrtle came out on top.

Mrs Thomas said: “Once Myrtle was spayed, she put weight on and was getting too many treats, which made her gain even more.

“We took her sister Audrey to Raoul Dowding Veterinary Surgeons as she had a leg problem and the staff recommended both got some weight off.

“We have been going to the vets for eight weeks for help and advice, and they’ve both lost weight, so we will be keeping them on their healthier regime.”

Success story

Head nurse Jane Ridgway said: “Myrtle is the big success story of our Weight Reduction and Mobility Campaign because of the dedication of her owners.

“We gave them advice on changing her lifestyle and diet – and the results have been fantastic.

“A lot of people don’t realise their pets are overweight, so it is a worrying situation and we would encourage people to seek help and advice.”

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