A Bichon Frise has been crowned the winner of a national weight loss competition after shedding more than a third of his body weight.
Archie, owned by the Woolridge family from Mill Hill, north London, was 12.5kg and struggled with long walks, but now weighs a healthier 8kg after attending slimming clinics by Mimram Veterinary Centre in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Following a full weight consultation, Archie was placed on a new diet and weight management programme.
The 11-year-old was entered into the Royal Canin Healthy Weight Competition by Anna Wright, the head veterinary nurse at Mimram Veterinary Centre. His significant weight loss put him in the final six and he was crowned the winner at the competition’s final in Coventry this week.
Anna said, “His owners were unaware just quite how overweight Archie was, as it had never been raised by their previous vets.
“Archie’s mobility and energy have visibly improved. He has taken a liking to raw carrots as a treat and bangs his food bowl with his paw when he wants to be fed one.”
Owner Jordan Woolridge describes Archie’s eating habits prior to the new diet, “He always used to eat everything, but we didn’t really realise that what we were feeding him was far too much.
“Archie is now much healthier and happier and carrying a lot less weight. We portion out his food and don’t give him rich treats like before, just the occasional carrot stick.
“He goes on longer walks, even walking five miles one weekend, something he had never managed before. He has so much more energy and is always making us run after him on walks, so it is like having a puppy again.”
For her part in Archie’s success, Anna was presented with a £500 voucher for the practice to spend on veterinary products and Archie’s owners received a holiday voucher worth £1,000.
Archie wasn’t the only finalist from Mimram Vets. Coco, a six-year-old chocolate Labrador from Langley, Hertfordshire, once weighed 8st 10lb (55kg) due to too many leftovers and sweet treats.
After a new diet programme and care and attention from his owners, Coco has lost more than 10kg so far.