THESE porky pets over-indulged – and not just at Christmas. An estimated 2.7million dogs and cats in the UK are too heavy.
Vets are treating 49 per cent more overweight pets now than a year ago. Here, six owners tell Kate Jackson how their chubby pets slimmed.
'Oscar could barely make it around the block'
OSCAR, a 13-year-old King Charles Spaniel, piled on the pounds by tucking into Sunday dinners.
His sales assistant owner Karen Allen, 59, from Bushbury, West Mids, said: "Oscar got so big he could barely make it around the block because it wore him out. I'd end up carrying him. My parents
looked after Oscar while I was working, and my dad would cook him Sunday dinners.
"Oscar had lots of treats too. Three years ago, he weighed 3st 4lb. I knew I had to do something.
"We saw a competition run by the PDSA looking for dogs who needed to lose weight.
"We entered Oscar and although he wasn't happy when we stopped the snacks and gave him smaller portions, he lost half his bodyweight in six months and won the competition."
'Labs called "dustbins" as they eat so much'
ALFIE, a seven-year-old Labrador, weighed 9st 7lb – almost double his ideal body weight.
Irene and Antony Mather, both 76, took action when he showed signs of arthritis. He now weighs 7st 4lb.
Antony, from St Helens, Merseyside, said: "We walked him twice a day but we didn't realise how much he had piled on.
"They call Labradors 'dustbins' because they can put so much away.
"We would give him scraps of Sunday lunch but he would also pinch food when we weren't looking. I left him in the car once with a cooked chicken from the butcher and I came back 15 minutes later to find he had eaten the lot .
"We put him on smaller portions and limited his treats.
"He's gone from a slow plod on a walk to sprinting around our local park."
Luigi lost 1st 5lb
BEAGLE Luigi weighed 4st 8lb but lost 1st 5lb to win Pet Fit Club slimmer of the year.
Owners Perrie Eedy, 28, and husband Matt said he became lethargic after he was neutered and “had a knack” of finding food.
Perrie, from Newport, South Wales, said: "Now he loves going out for a walk."
Lola lost 4lb
GIANT rabbit Lola munched through a bag of carrots a day when she weighed 16lb.
Owners Karen and Gary Birks, both 50, helped the five-year-old lose four pounds by giving her 100g of low-calorie food daily.
Unemployed Karen, from Derby, said: "We also let her exercise in the garden."
Poppy lost 2lb
Helen Cohan adopted Poppy from the RSPCA as she feared no one would want the tubby tabby.
The ten-year-old weighed 13lb and has lost 2lb in two months.
Pilates instructor Helen, from Yateley, Hants, said: "She has a food which is lower in calories and I give her smaller portions twice a day. I feed her downstairs to make sure she moves about more."
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Charlie lost 2½ lb
CARLY WILLIAMS helped her pug Jack Russell cross Charlie shed 2.4lb after he tipped the scales at 21lb.
The admin worker put the seven-year-old on a raw carrot and liver diet, fitted a tracker on his collar and left warnings on Facebook not to give him treats
Carly, 33, from Port Talbot, south Wales, said: "He is far more energetic and happier as a result."
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