Nine overweight pets embark on weight-loss challenge

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Nine cats and dogs who are massively overweight are about to embark upon a six-month diet and exercise challenge.

The latest batch of recruits have been signed up to the PDSA Pet Fit Club, with the winner receiving a year’s supply of healthy food and an animal-friendly holiday.

The national competition sees each pet receive a plan tailored to their individual needs.

Among the contestants this year is seven-year-old Alfie, a Labrador from Liverpool who is nearly double his ideal weight at 9st 7lb.

Alfie is one of the dogs taking part in PDSA's Pet Fit Club competition
Alfie weighs almost double what he should (PDSA/PA)

The pets will receive free weight management food from the SPECIFIC range during the competition, and will be overseen by the vet team at their local PDSA Pet Hospital.

Bonnie from Blackpool is on a diet to slim down
Bonnie’s love of sausage rolls has seen her balloon (Julian Brown/PDSA/PA)

She added: “If owners are worried about their pet’s weight they should seek advice from their vet or vet nurse, who can also make sure pets are on the right type of diet, are being fed the correct amount, and recommend ways to increase exercise levels.”

Sox the cat is attempting to lose weight with PDSA
Sox is another of the pets needing to reduce their waistlines (PDSA)

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