Podgy pooch sheds the puppy fat to lose a third of his body weight
A podgy pooch that weighed over two and a half stone has ditched the treats and lost a third of his body weight.
Copper, a King Charles spaniel from Coventry, tipped the scales at a hefty 16.9kg which is 2.6st – that’s nearly a stone heavier than he should have been.
The 6-year-old was around twice the size of an average King Charles spaniel and had a diet with far too many treats meaning he quickly piled on the pounds.
Lyn Jacques, Copper’s 41-year-old owner, said: “Copper is just so cute that we couldn’t resist treating him.
“We’d give him pieces of cheese or ham when we had something to eat – he’d always be there looking for leftovers or little scraps of food.
“It’s all the little things you can’t help yourself doing. He’d come over and look at me when I’d got some food – everyone knows the look I’m talking about, you just can’t say no!
“When we took him for walks he’d walk around slowly looking for food on the floor – he couldn’t have been less bothered about actually walking.”
Lyn knew her beloved pet needed to lose the weight when she took him to the ‘Your Vets’ in Coventry and found that, at just under 17kg, the spaniel weighed almost as much as the average Staffordshire Bull terrier.
She said: “I knew it was time to act when I took Copper to the vets and they advised that he really was too big for his size.
The stout spaniel lost the weight with the help of the Waist Watchers programme which involves keeping an eye on the overweight pet’s size, developing a feeding plan and an exercise itinerary.
Lyn said: “We stopped completely with the treats, starting feeding him Hills diet food and upped his exercise.
“Now he’s like any other dog! He’s hyperactive, loves going walking and he even jumps up and down over the furniture.”
Copper now weighs just under two stone at 11.9kg in a remarkable transformation.