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Lazy Daisy crowned UK pet slimmer of the year

A formerly bulging Bulldog – who was so lazy she had to be bribed with ham to exercise – has been crowned PDSA Pet Fit Club Champ after shedding over a quarter of her bodyweight.

Diet queen Daisy, from Middlesbrough, beat off competition from huge hounds, fat cats and round rabbits, who were all battling the bulge in our six-month diet and exercise programme.

Under the expert guidance of PDSA vets and nurses, Daisy has made an amazing transformation. She started the competition weighing in at a hefty 28.3kg but with PDSA’s help and her owner’s determination, she was able to lose around 8kg in weight – meaning that she’s shed an impressive 27% of her bodyweight.

The new slim-line pooch was one of 11 obese pets selected to embark on the pet slimming regime. They are all enjoying significant benefits to their health and wellbeing, thanks to losing weight. In total, the pets have lost a combined weight of 30kg (4 stone 7 pounds). Meet the 2014 pet slimmers and learn more about their journeys.

The results of the fat fighting contest were revealed in a new TV show on ITV this week, called Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year, presented by Angela Griffin and Kian Egan. To watch the shows again and to find out more about PDSA Pet Fit Club and how all the pet slimmers got on, please visit where you can also download expert pet health tips and advice.

Help us make a better life for all pets by adding your voice to the PDSA Big Pet Survey 2015 - take part in the survey today!

Killing with kindness – uncovering the UK pet obesity problem.

New findings from PDSA’s annual Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report have revealed that:
• 80% of veterinary professionals believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets within five years.
• 81% of vets have seen an increase in levels of pet obesity over the last two years.
• Over 5.5 million pets get treats as part of their daily diet, including cake, crisps and takeaways.
• A lack of exercise is fuelling the pet obesity crisis, with 250,000 dogs never going for a walk.
• 89% of pet owners are aware of obesity-related health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
• 88% of owners acknowledge that overweight pets will have a shortened life span.

Find out more by reading the 2014 PAW Report


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.