Flabrador to labrador – overweight dog loses a fifth of body weight thanks to incredible new diet of raw food
A huge Labrador has gone from flab to fab thanks to an incredible diet of raw food.
Baylie, the three and half-year-old black lab, tipped the scales at a whopping 57kg and his owners Margaret and Patrick Evans, from Leeds, were at a loss.
But since putting Baylie on a revolutionary raw food diet, their beloved pooch has lost a stone and a half – the weight of almost four Chihuahuas – as seen in these incredible pictures.
Maragaret, 55, a car tyre production assistant said: “I knew his weight was becoming a problem but it wasn’t until we got to the vet that we realised how big he had got.
“Since we changed the diet, Baylie has lost pound after pound – he is a completely different dog!”
Margaret and Patrick have had Baylie since he was nine weeks old and believe his weight loss problem started when they started giving him treats to reward his behaviour at puppy training school.
Baylie always had a sweet tooth thanks to be plied with treats when he performed well and even after his training was completed
He even learnt where the biscuit tin was kept and was spotted jumping onto the kitchen counter to snaffle biscuits straight from the box.
But Baylie also suffers from hip dysplasia – a joint problem affecting Labradors – and so when he took a tumble while out on a walk he was left unable to move.
After spotting an advert for the trial of a new diet for dogs on facebook, Margaret decided to sign up and waitied anxiously for the start of the new regime – The Lucky Dog Weight Loss Plan.
Vicky Marshall – who runs Honey’s Real Dog Food – developed the raw food diet regime after realising that none of the 5,000 customers who regularly order had a weight problem.
Based on Baylie’s weight and the amount he needed to lose, she worked out the appropriate daily quantities of food for him.
It meant – just like a human trying to fight the flab – swapping his usual processed food and sweet treats for low fat meats.
Vicky said: “We completely revolutionised Baylie’s diet.
“So we avoided beef and lamb and suggested lean raw meat like free range chicken, wild rabbit and turkey.
“Our treats are pure air-dried liver and dogs don’t need very much to feel like they’ve had a treat.
“We also introduced a concept called Bone Sunday. We gave Baylie a beef knuckle bone to chew on all day and he didn’t need anything else to eat.
“Because the bone marrow is so rich it’s enough quantity wise. And the action of chewing is great exercise and a rewarding game.
“It makes sure he doesn’t feel like he is on a diet and that food is still fun!”
And before Margaret could believe it Baylie’s fat was disappearing before her eyes.
After eight weeks he had lost eight kilos, and now weighs just 47kg.
Margaret said: “It all started with his training.
“We were encouraged to use biscuits as rewards but he was so good at everything we taught him we just had to carry on giving him treats.
“His weight just went on and on and on.
“But it got a lot worse when he slipped over one day when we were out for a walk in the woods.
“He injured his leg and couldn’t walk very far so it made it really difficult to take him out for exercise.
“And because he has hip dysplasia it meant his recovery took a long time.
“He became sluggish and tired all the time and he just carried on piling on the pounds.
“I think it didn’t help that he knew his way round the kitchen and exactly where we kept the dog biscuits!
“Once I took him to the vet and we realised how bad the problem with his weight was we knew we had to take action straight away.
“So I signed up for the trial with Honey’s and it was the best thing we’ve ever done.
“We changed his diet straight away and went from tins and packets to all raw food.
“And because all of the food was delivered and it was a complete change it was really straightforward.
“If it hadn’t been for Honey’s we would never have been able to do it.
“Now he runs around and has bounds more energy.
“He loves a ball and is absolutely mad about going for a swim. We can’t even run a bath without him trying to jump into the bathroom.
“He’s like a completely different dog.”
Vicky’s regime has been praised by vets around the country and in the forward to her book advising owners on how to get their pooches to fight the flab Richard Allport BVet Med. Vet MFHom MRCVS said: “Dogs are carnivores -they have evolved to eat prey, such as mice, rabbits and deer.
“Their digestive system, which is very different to the human digestive system, is more than able to handle raw meat, offal and bones.
“In fact, they thrive on it and you need have no concerns as to it suitability.
“There isn’t a better way for a dog to lose those spare pounds than to switch to the aptly named Lucky Dog Weight Loss Plan.”