The Healthy Weight competition aims to “promote a healthy body shape for cats and dogs” and to recognise the “hard work of pet owners and veterinary nurses for achieving and maintaining a pet’s healthy weight”.
With a combined weight loss of nearly 51kg, the finalists included both cats and dogs with finalists awarded a choice between a pet portrait or pet photo shoot and a trophy for the pet owner along with £100 worth of shopping vouchers for the veterinary nurse.
The finalists for the 2018 Healthy Weight Competition were:
- Coco Perry – A 6-year-old chocolate Labrador, entered by Vet Nurse Anna Wright of Mimram Vets. Perry had a starting weight of 55kg and has lost 10kg to date.
- Ringo Flowers – An 8-year-old Bengal X Siamese, entered by Vet Nurse Katie Hartnoll of the Willows Vet Group. Flowers had a starting weight of 8.9kg, he lost 5.72kg and is now as his ideal weight and shape.
- Max Jones – A 13-year-old Border Collie, entered by Vet Nurse Hazel Campbell of Cater Vets. Jones had a starting weight of 45kg and lost 15.9kg.
- Mimi Fyfe – An 8-year-old British Shorthair, also entered by Vet Nurse Katie Hartnoll of the Willows Vet Group. Fyfe had a starting weight of 9.82kg and has lost 2kg to date.
- Archie Wooldridge – A 12-year-old Bichon Frise, also entered by Vet Nurse Anna Wright of Mimram Vets. Wooldridge had a starting weight of 12kg he lost 3.9kg and is now at his ideal weight and shape.
The prize for the overall winner was a £1000 holiday voucher and trophy for the pet owner and vet, as well as a £500 J.A.K Marketing Ltd Voucher for the vet’s practice. The winners were vet Anna Wright from Mimram Vets with her entry Archie Wooldridge.
Wooldridge’s owner, said: “Since meeting Anna at DogFest last July, Archie has lost 4kg and has now reached his target weight. He has so much more energy and is always making us run after him on walks. It’s like having a puppy again when in reality he’s 12 years old.”
Caroline Burke, weight management specialist at Royal Canin said: “We have seen some astounding weight loss journeys during this year’s competition, with our six winners losing an average of 33% of their bodyweight.
“Royal Canin is committed to supporting veterinary practices across the UK and Ireland with weight management programmes and specifically formulated diets and we look forward to seeing all six finalists’ continued journeys to a healthier lifestyle.”