A former bulging Bulldog from Walsall, who used to scoff Mr Whippy and McFlurry ice creams, has scooped a top slimming award after shedding a quarter of her bodyweight.
Eight-year-old Missi ballooned to a whopping 6st 13lb after devouring tubs of ice-cream and mammoth-sized portions more than 75 per cent over her ideal weight.
Her 24-year-old owner, Gemma Slattery, said that Missi would love nothing more than a Mr Whippy from the ice-cream van and even got them for FREE after striking up a friendship.
But after PDSA vets warned that the pooches health was at serious risk from her excess inches, her concerned owner cut out ice creams and her sumo-sized portions and increased her exercise. Missi can be seen waddling along above.
Every year vet charity PDSA helps the UKs fattest pets battle the bulge in Pet Fit Club a six-month diet and exercise challenge, specially tailored and overseen by its vets and nurses.
And now Missis calorie-filled ice-creams are a thing of the past and six months on, the strict diet and exercise programme has changed her life.
The loveable dog has lost so much weight around six inches off her waist that she was crowned second in the national competition.
Gemma said: Missi is a completely different dog now. Shes like a puppy again and has so much energy. She has a new-found love for her toys and will spend hours playing with them, its amazing to see.
Weve changed our routine and we go on long daily walks without fail, which she absolutely loves. She no longer waddles along, its a gallop!
One of the biggest changes Ive seen in her is her ability to climb the stairs. She couldnt do this before and meant we had to wash her in the paddling pool outside. But now climbing the stairs is easy for her, and she loves a bath in the tub!
She used to constantly bite her paws due to the pain her excess weight caused, but shes stopped doing this since losing weight. She also suffered from joint problems and I know that the weight-loss has helped reduce the pain and inflammation. To know shes healthier now is the best thing of all.
Pet Fit Club hasnt only impacted Missis life, but has changed Gemmas outlook too. Shes cut out junk food and increased her exercise and has lost a stone over the last six months.
Weve been on a weight-loss journey together and Im excited that this is only just the start for us, adds Gemma.
Gemma added: I cant recommend Pet Fit Club enough. They have been there every step of the way and Im so pleased that Missi can now lead a more healthy, happy and active life now.
My friends and neighbours cant believe how much weight shes lost. Pet Fit Club is the best thing we could have done for her and were going to carry on with the diet until she reaches her perfect weight.
Despite her impressive weight loss, Missi still has more weight to lose to reach her ideal weight 25kg (3st 13lb).
Missis programme has been supervised by PDSA vet nurse, Kay Brough, at Wolverhampton PDSA Pet Hospital.
Kay Brough said: The change I have seen in Missi has been remarkable. She looks like a completely different dog to the one that first came here six months ago. Every month weve seen the big changes in her as the weight has come off.
Her owner Gemma has been very dedicated, she has stuck to the diet and it has paid off in a big way.
Any owners who are worried about their pets weight should seek advice from their vet, who can work with them to get them on the right diet and safely increase their pets exercise levels.
PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing, who is on the Pet Fit Club judging panel, added: It has been hugely rewarding to see Missi and the other pets weight decrease over the last six months. Their success is testament to the hard work of their owners and our PDSA veterinary teams.
Pet obesity is a growing issue that affects millions of UK pets. We believe up to 50%* of dogs and cats in the UK are overweight or obese, which can lead to serious long term health problems and a shortened life expectancy.
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