Veterinarians have stated that many animals today are too fat. There is a cat named that weighs 22 pounds, which is twice the size of a normal cat. Alfie is a Jack Russell who enjoys eating steak sandwiches.
There is also a 28-pound Maltese that enjoys cheese. Veterinarians have decided to fight this obesity epidemic by giving people an incentive to help their pets lose weight. They are selecting pets and putting them on a six-month exercise and diet program. The program is overseen by PDSA, which is a charity. The pet who loses the most weight will win an award.
This weight loss program has been around for 13 years. It has helped 124 pets lose a combined total of 994 pounds. Alfie the Beagle was the winner of last year’s competition. He lost 34 percent of his body weight.
Fifteen overweight cats and dogs will participate in this year’s program, which is based in the United Kingdom. Carole Sweeney, who is 55-years-old, is the owner of Elvis. She did not realize how big her dog was until her family members and friends started making comments.
Carole named her dog after the late singer Elvis. She is a huge fan of the singer and has posters all over her room. Carole stated that she fed Elvis too much food and did not realize she was overfeeding him. Elvis basically had an all-day buffet. She filled his food bowl up and allowed him to eat out of it all day.
Rebecca Ashman is a vet who works for the PSDA. She stated that 40 percent of pets in the United Kingdom are overweight. She also stated that a healthy diet and exercise can help improve a pet’s life expectancy and happiness. Additionally, Rebecca believes that prevention is better than the cure.