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Bulldog who feasts on ice cream entered into pet fit club competition

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A Bulldog from Walsall, who feasts on ice creams, has been selected for the a pet fit club competition.

Eight-year-old Missi weighs almost 7 stone (43.8kg) and has arthritis - she's 75% over the healthy weight limit.

She is fed full sized ice creams from the ice cream van by her owner, 28-year-old Gemma Slattery.

She will compete against eight other fat cats and dogs from across the UK, in the PDSA Pet Fit Club competition.

The American Bulldog needs to lose three stone over the next six months.

Owner, Gemma, says that her love of ice cream and human food has meant the pounds have piled on over the years:

She gets very excited when she hears the ice cream van coming – it’s her favourite. She always gets given a free Mr. Whippy when we get there!

“Missi is always on the look-out for food and will eat anything, which is difficult when my youngest girl feeds her leftovers. She constantly begs for our leftovers when we’re eating dinner.

“Her arthritis makes increasing her exercise difficult as even just a five minute walk can affect her joints the next day. And her weight means she finds it hard to breathe, which is worse because of her breed, and I’m worried about her longer-term health. We urgently need to get her weight down and I’m excited to see the transformation over the coming months.”

– Gemma Slattery
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Pet obesity is an epidemic that is impacting the lives of millions of pets across the country. As with humans, being overweight can lead to a higher risk of suffering from serious life-limiting and life-threatening conditions such as arthritis, certain types of cancer and heart disease.”

“It is estimated that up to 40% of UK cats and dogs are overweight or obese. But with the help of PDSA and Pet Fit Club, Missi and Gemma are making the necessary diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to help get Missi down to a healthier weight. We will support them every step of the way over the next six months to ensure they succeed.

“Pet Fit Club has been helping pets lose weight for 14 years, and is a great example of what can be achieved if owners are dedicated and determined to help their pets live a healthier lifestyle. 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.”

– Laura Fellows, PDSA Vet Nurse