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Video: Romford’s Podgy pooch Millie joins PDSA pet slimming competition

PUBLISHED: 09:36 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:36 27 March 2015

Massive Millie the Cocker Spaniel is morbidly obese and hopes to shed more than half her body weight with Pet Fit Club

Massive Millie the Cocker Spaniel is morbidly obese and hopes to shed more than half her body weight with Pet Fit Club

Hannah McKay

A podgy pooch will get a new lease of life as she sheds the pounds in a new weight loss programme.

Millie, a cocker spaniel from Romford, is more than double her ideal size and is one of the early entrants into the nationwide Pet Fit Club run by veterinary charity, PDSA, which launched yesterday (Thurs).

Her owner, Jacqueline Maguire, said: “Millie is walked twice a day and she loves going to the park, but I know I’ve given her a few too many treats in the past – I find it very hard to say know to her puppy dog eyes.”

The dumpy dog will be faced with a six month programme of diet and exercise overseen by an expert vet and nurse at the Romford PDSA Pet Hospital, The Julie and Robert Breckman Centre, in Danes Road.

They hope she will shrink from a whopping 33kg – more than five stone – down to a svelte 16kg.

Millie, who has been known to steal any food she can get her paws on including the cat’s, will have to cut back on her snacks to reduce that pedigree tum.

The head of pet health and welfare at the PDSA, Nicola Martin, said: “Our research has shown that pet obesity is a growing problem and that too many people are continuing to feed their pets inappropriate foods including takeaways, cake, cheese and chips and sadly many pets aren’t getting enough exercise.

“Pet obesity is entirely preventable and we’re trying to help owners understand that while their pets may beg for food, and giving treats is a way of showing affection, it could be killing them with kindness.”

More than half of pet owners in the south east (51 per cent) regularly feed their furry friends high calorie treats which is fuelling the epidemic leading four in five vets and vet nurses to believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy pets in five years’ time.

Obesity in animals can lead to a number of dangerous conditions which can significantly decrease their life span, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Mrs Maguire added: “Millie is such a happy dog and I want her to have a long and healthy life so I am determined to help her lose weight.”

If you have a curvy cat, rotund rabbit or potbellied puppy there is still time to enter them into Pet Fit Club at petfitclub.org.uk by Sunday April 26.

You can see a video of Millie enjoying some exercise on our website.

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