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PDSA Pet Fit Camp Winner Announced [25/01/2006]

Another seven previously overweight pets have overcome their vices to complete the PDSA Pet Fit Camp 2005. They all battled the bulge with the hope of taking the ‘Pet Fit Camp Champ’ title, winning the prize of a pet-friendly holiday in Dorset and of course improving their health and fitness. Chosen by Fame Academy guru, Kevin Adams, and PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Elaine Pendlebury, the seven contenders took part in a 100-day diet and fitness programme, including regular check ups and weigh-ins from their local PDSA vet, and providing essential guidance for their owners.

At the end of 2005 Golden Retriever, Oakley, beat five other finalists by shedding 7.6kg (16% of his own bodyweight!). Lisa Deadman, Oakley’s owner, said: “I’m so proud of Oakley and the slimming success he has achieved in such a short time. We used to enjoy cuddling up in front of the TV and snacking on our favourite biscuits, but that has all changed thanks to good advice from PDSA. Oakley has so much more energy now he is slimmer, and we enjoy going for long walks and playing in the park instead.” The combined effort of all the 2005 contenders raised over £500 of sponsorship for PDSA.

This January, PDSA vets are urging people with podgy pets to take a look at the health of their animals, and to extend their New Year’s resolutions to include their overweight pets. Statistics from the charity show that the one in three dogs and one in 5 cats in the UK are overweight! To help inspire and advise pet owners to aid their pets to lose weight the PDSA have updated their popular Pet Diet and Nutrition leaflet, which offers help and advice on providing a well balanced diet.

“Many people simply don’t realise that pet obesity can cause serious health problems,” says PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Elaine Pendlebury. “Overweight pets are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. “January is a time when many of us make New Year’s resolutions to be healthier, but our pet’s health is just as important, so get their year off to a positive start too and pick up one of our leaflets.”

If you are keen to shed a few pounds with your pet and want to pick up a PDSA Pet Diet and Nutrition leaflet visit the PDSA website for locations of their hospitals, charity shops or call 0800 917 2509.

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