Mike the Golden Labrador is a shadow of his former self. Now in the hands of a new owner, Mike is getting the right food and exercise. However, earlier this year it was a quite a different story.
Mike was brought into the Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Loughborough. He was over nine stone in weight and he could not walk more than a hundred metres before getting out of breath.
Carol Ann Hercock is a vet. She says overweight dogs are becoming more common.
Mike was put on a special diet and a strict exercise regime. He had also fallen over on the ice so he needed to be careful while the injury healed. He exercised in a hydrotherapy suite - although he did have to lose weight before he could fit. It means he can burn calories without damaging his joints.
Paolo Tarzaga, Mike's new owner, says Mike was on prescription diet dog food.
Mike had to get used to not having a chicken dinner every day, but now with a few months of eating healthily and exercising he is at last starting to look how a healthy dog should.