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Bunny Bobby hops on to scales to reveal weightloss
3:57pm Monday 15th October 2012 in News
AN OVERWEIGHT rabbit called Bobby has shed almost a third of her bodyweight after embarking on an animal fat camp.
She was forced to cut down on the rabbit food after weighing in at an eye-watering 2.39kg which left her struggling to move around her hutch and groom herself.
So owner Becky Magson, 30, from Richmond, enrolled her in the PDSA Pet Fit Club – an annual competition for chubby pets.
She was competing against other overweight cats and dogs across the UK for the title of Pet Fit Club Champion.
But Bobby’s impressive results – shedding 690g – earned her a position in the Highly Commended category.
She had gained weight slowly over the years by stealing extra portions from her companion’s bowl.
Ms Mason said: “Getting Bobby to lose weight has been a challenge, but I’m delighted at the results.
“She is much more active and alert, plus she can also groom herself properly.
“Her relationship with my other rabbit, Lucy, has also blossomed and they have become great playmates now. She can live like a rabbit should and enjoy her life, which is fantastic.”
Vet Helen Dyson from Middlesbrough PDSA PetAid hospital said: “This is a great success story for all concerned.
“Weight loss in rabbits must be carefully managed, as losing weight too quickly can be quite dangerous for them.
“As for Bobby, she is undoubtedly much fitter and happier, and has a greater life expectancy than when she was overweight.
“I would encourage anyone with concerns about their pet’s weight to speak to their vet – they are there to help you, and can provide plenty of advice on target weights, how much to feed and suitable exercise.”
Previously podgy pet slimmers include fat cat Billie, who lost 23 per cent of his bodyweight after owners Vilma and Ron Warren, of Eden Vale, Sunderland, took him on walks around the street.
Pet owners and supporters can see all of this year’s results and register to take part in the next competition at www.pdsa.org.uk/petfitclub.