Six obese dogs now living a healthier life after huge weight loss

By Chloe Bowen

Pet obesity is on the rise, with one in 14 dogs in the UK now considered overweight or obese.

It can be hard not to spoil your dog with treats, or even notice their change in weight.

But these six dogs are proof that losing a lot of weight is possible, and they’re all living much better lives because of it.

The “chunky” Bichon Frise was so fat that he couldn’t stand properly. He actually collapsed at the groomer’s because his legs couldn’t hold his weight.

But he has managed to shed four kilos since, leaving him unrecognisable and able to run and play once again.

The five-year-old Labrador is now on a diet after he doubled in size during lockdown.

He struggled to walk for more than 10 minutes at a time due to inactivity during lockdown and the medication he is on to stop his seizures.

Soon after his diet began, Paolo lost 1kg.

The nine-year-old Pitbull was obese, weighing over 80 pounds.

He developed arthritis in his front right leg, limiting his ability to exercise and making it difficult for him to stay healthy.

But the resilient dog underwent five rounds of chemo and was declared fully cancer-free in February. Along with a special diet, he has lost 22lbs and is happier than ever.

This Jack Russell was rescued by the RSPCA when her previous owner overfed and under-exercised her.

Lily was twice the size she should have been at 13.7kg.

She struggled to breathe, move and even had sores on her belly from it rubbing against the floor as she walked.

After being put on a special dog diet, she has slimmed down to a healthier 7.7kg and is loving life with her new owner.

Benny the border collie was unable to get up unassisted and had spent many of his days splayed out on the floor.

He suffered from calluses from bearing the pressure of his weight while lying down.

Although the ongoing treatment will cost thousands of pounds, it highlights that weight can be fatal if not controlled.

This pug was fortunately saved thanks to an emergency diet and fitness programme, but all at the cost of £18,000.

Bertha weighed 4st 7lb when her new owner took her in.

Within four months of treatment, she had lost around 15-20lbs and as Bertha’s fat began to melt away, her character started to shine through.

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