Biggest Losers…& the Winners are…

Monday October 7th marked the end of our Biggest Loser Challenge.  We are happy to report that EVERY contestant lost weight during the contest period!  Congratulations and well done!  Today, Wednesday October 9th is Pet Obesity Awareness Day – we thought it extremely appropriate to announce our winners in conjunction with this important day.

We asked each owner to provide us with some feedback on their experience.  The questions asked were:

1) Did your pet like the diet food?

2) What did you like and/or dislike about the diet?

3) What changes did you notice in your pet? (activity level, exercise tolerance, etc)

4) Would you recommend this diet to a friend?

5) Do you plan to continue with the diet?

6) Once your pet has reached their ideal weight, what will you do to maintain it?

Here are the answers and starting photo(s) from each of our contestants:

Poko (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 54.6%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Yes she liked the food.  We soaked the kibbles at first to make her feel fuller.

2) Her appetite stayed the same (the diet didn’t bring it down).

3) We noticed that she is a little less tired after walks.

4) Yes, I would recommend this diet to a friend

5) Yes, I plan to continue the diet.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6) Once she has reached her weight goal we will wait for the vet’s recommendation for what food to go with next.

Janu (on r/d) – starting BFI 46.2%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Yes she liked the food

2)

3) I noticed that Janu is more energetic.

4)

5) Yes, I plan to continue the diet.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6) I will discuss with the vet/technologist the plan to maintain her weight once we reach our goal.

Daphne (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 54.4%

Daphne above1) She loved the food!

2) I am amazed at the results of the diet.

3) I noticed her energy level is higher and that there is no longer laboured breathing after short periods of exercise.

4) Yes, I would recommend this diet to a friend.   Daphne belly

5) Yes, I plan to continue the diet.

6) I plan to continue to feed Metabolic.

Piper (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 54.8%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Piper liked the food, it took a little longer to eat due to the kibble size.

2) I didn’t see the results that I expected, but am happy he lost some.

3) His breathing is better, not so laboured after doing the stairs.  He is more energetic and active, has a higher exercise tolerance and looks forward to his walks.

4) Yes, I would recommend this diet to a friend.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5) Yes, I plan to continue the diet.

6) I plan to keep him on Metabolic.

JoJo (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 55.0%

JoJo1) Yes Jojo likes the food, she is eating it well and really likes the canned.

2) I saw results, noticed more loose skin and she doesn’t have her fat pad on her neck anymore.

3) She is more active and lively and has a better appetite (wants to eat).

4) Yes, I would recommend this food to a friend.  Jojo Brown Side

5) Yes, I plan to continue the diet.

6) I plan to stay with Metabolic.

Rusty (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 53.9%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Yes, Rusty liked the food.

2) The food is easy to use, just use the measuring cup and he can have the Metabolic treats.  For the price of the food I believe you get your money’s worth and it’s cost effective.

3) Rusty’s collar is looser, he can jump on the bed easier and seems more active.  His appetite seems to be the same.

4) Yes, I would recommend this food to a friend.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5) Yes, I plan to continue the diet.

6) He is doing well on the food and seems to like it, so I will probably stay with Metabolic for maintenance.

Gunner (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 54.6%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Yes

2) Everything was good.

3) He has way more energy, his fur looks shinier and healthy, his teeth even look whiter!  He is also playing with our new lab.

4) Yes, I would recommend this diet to a friend.

5) Yes  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6) I plan to keep him on Metabolic – he is doing well on it.

Jimmy (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 53.9%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Yes

2) The food was easy to measure and I saw the results.

3) Jimmy is no longer limping.  Previously when he had been laying down, upon rising he would limp, he no longer does.  His eyes don’t tear up as much and he has more energy.

4) Yes OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5) Yes

6) Will discuss with the vet/tech what is the best diet option when the time comes.

Moka (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 57.4%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) It took a few days to get use to, but Moka likes it now.

2) I liked that I saw the results

3) Moka is like a puppy again, she is brighter and wants to play.  Before I had to pull her to go for a short walk now she pulls me on 45 min walks!

4) Sure would! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5) Yes

6) Plan to discuss it with the vet at that time.

Playdoh (on Metabolic & r/d) – starting BFI 35%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1) Playdoh eats anything, so the food wasn’t a problem.

2) It is easy and I didn’t worry as much when he would sneak some of the other cat’s food or steal something from the kids.

3) He doesn’t have his handful of fat pad anymore! He is easier to pick up.

4) Yes  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5) Yes

6) Will keep him on a combination of Metabolic and r/d, especially since he is such a food thief, it will help to keep him nice and trim.

Lucky (on Metabolic) – starting BFI 50.0%

lucky1) Yes, Lucky was a kibble only cat, he would not eat wet food but he really liked the Metabolic wet.

2) Dislike the price.

3) Lucky’s coat looks healthier and he seems happier.  He also is moving around better

4) Yes

5) Yes

6) Will discuss when he gets there – I do plan to stay with a veterinary formula.

Now, we are sure you are wondering;

How did they all do??

Well here it is, each of our contestants.  We have listed their starting BFI, the amount of weight lost over the course of the Challenge, where their BFI ended up (the top end of ideal for both cats and dogs is 25% so this is the target BFI for all Contestants) and the total fat percentage lost.  Congratulations to ALL of our contestants for losing weight!  Every single one is well on their way to a healthy BFI and a longer, fuller life.

Contestants Starting BFI (%) Weight lost kg/lbs Ending BFI (%) Total Loss (%)
Jojo (K9) 55.0 0.5/1.1 48.1 6.9
Poko (K9) 54.6 1.3/2.9 48.0 6.6
Janu (K9) 46.2 1.2/2.6 40.6 5.6
Piper (K9) 57.8 0.9/2 53.7 4.1
Gunner (K9) 54.6 2.5/5.5 48.5 6.1
Daphne (K9) 54.4 1.9/4.1 44.4 10.0
Moka (K9) 57.4 11.8/26 45.9 11.5
Rusty (K9) 43.9 2.8/6.2 37.7 6.2
Jimmy (K9) 53.9 1.6/3.5 44.5 9.4
Lucky (Fe) 50.0 2.27/5 33.3 16.7
Playdoh (Fe) 35.0 0.5/1.1 29.2 5.8

Our winners are:

for the dogs –  Moka with a total loss of 11.5%

for the cats – Lucky with a total loss of 16.7%.

We would like to thank Hill’s for sponsoring our Biggest Loser Challenge.  Each contestant received a canvas bag with a small bag of food, a bag of treats and two cans, plus a $10 off coupon of the Metabolic diet at the midway point of the challenge, courtesy of Hill’s.

Our winners will be receiving:

  • A bag of food (owner’s choice of type courtesy of Hill’s)
  • A toy (pet’s choice provided by us)
  • A night at the movies (for the owner provided by us)

Our second place winners will receive:

  • A medium bag of food (owner’s choice of type courtesy of Hill’s)
  • A bag of treats (Metabolic – courtesy of Hill’s)

And because all our contestants are winners we are providing all our other contestants with a prize as well:

  • A toy (pet’s choice)

Here are all the contestants before photos and their current photo (side by side with the before for comparison):

For more information on Obesity, Weight and Management and the Hill’s Metabolic Diet:

Obesity Quiz

Calorie Contents in Treats

More Calorie Contents in Dog Treats

Hill’s Metabolic

Body Fat Index

Obesity

Diet is Only Half the Battle

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