Royal Canin
Royal Canin Weight Management Programme

2016/7 Overall Winner

Following our awards lunch on 15th March, we are pleased to announce that the overall winner of the 2016/7 Healthy Weight Competition is:-

'Toffee’ Rawlings 7yr Domestic Short Hair cat

Veterinary Nurse - Jackie Whiteway, St. George's Vet, Perton

Mr & Mrs Rawlings win £1000 holiday voucher, £300 to spend at their practice and a trophy. Jackie wins £1000 holiday voucher for herself, £1000 J.A.K Marketing voucher for her practice as well as a trophy.

Congratulations to Toffee, Mr & Mrs Rawlings and Jackie!

overall winner     

Andrew Doyle (ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Sales & Marketing Director), presenting awards to Gary Rawlings, Jackie Whiteway and Wendy Rawlings (L-R)

Overall 2

Wendy & Gary Rawlings with Jackie Whiteway and Shirley Henderson (L-R)

toffee 

'Before the weight programme Toffee would spend most of his time indoors sleeping.  When he did go outside he had difficulty running he used to wobble from side to side kicking his back legs out behind him.  He had difficulty grooming himself so he would roll over on the patio or on the ground this caused his coat to become full of grit and dirt which irritated him even more.  He would also try to clean his ears but would just scratch thin air.  We have another cat who would try to play with Toffee but he was mostly disinterested. After starting the programme within weeks Toffee seemed much livelier he started going outside more and he has now stopped rolling on the patio.  His coat is now clean and shiny and we no longer need to groom him as he does this himself.  He now runs normally and plays with toys  -   He has even caught a mouse of which he is very proud. It’s such a delight to see him getting back to his old ways’

 

2016/7 Category Winners

Best before/after photo

‘Tiger-Lily' Clarkson, 11.5yr Jack Russell Terrier

Vet Nurse - Katie Hartnoll, Willows Abbeycroft

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily 2

Best Starter

‘Toffee’ Rawlings, 7yr Domestic Short Hair

Vet Nurse - Jackie Whiteway, St. Georges, Perton

TOFFEE 1 

toffee 

Best Journey

2 winners

‘Rolo’ Fleckney  7yr Labrador

Vet Nurse - Sam Holliday, Paragon Vets

ROLO 

And

‘Nala’ Knapton 12yr Domestic Short Hair

Vet Nurse - Sam Holliday, Paragon Vets

NALA 

 

Best Long Term Weight Management

‘Sebastian’ Price, 9yr Jack Russell Terrier

Vet Nurse - Katie Hartnoll, Willows Abbeycroft

SEBASTIAN 

 

Judges' Choice

'Charlie' Mardell, 5.5yr Beagle

Anna Wright, Mimram Veterinary Centre

Charlie 

Thank you to everyone who entered, we had over 170 entries this year, and it has been a difficult task to choose our winners with so many great achievements and stories, with lots of information provided by the Veterinary Nurses.

You should all be very proud of your hard work and commitment in helping your pets to live a happier and healthier life!

The competition will re-open soon, so watch this space!

 

2015/6 Overall Winner

Following our awards lunch on 18th March, we are pleased to announce that the overall winner of the 2015/6 Healthy Weight Competition is:-

'Angus’ Threlfall 9yr Schipperke

Veterinary Nurse - Victoria Robinson, Vets4Pets Eastwood

Mr & Mrs Threlfall win £1000 holiday voucher, £300 to spend at their practice and a trophy. Victoria wins £1000 holiday voucher for herself, £1000 J.A.K Marketing voucher for her practice as well as a trophy.

Congratulations to Angus, Mr & Mrs Threlfall and Victoria!

Mr & Mrs Threlfall with Angus      


                                                                 Andrew Doyle presenting award to Mr Threlfall and Victoria                                                                      
Andrew Doyle, ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Sales & Marketing Director (centre) presenting the overall winner award to Mr Threlfall & Victoria Robinson

 

Angus’ story

Angus is the cutest little dog and has been a regular client for Vets4Pets Eastwood since they opened their doors in 2012. In that time they had noticed that Angus is not really all that little! After speaking with Mr Threlfall about Angus and his weight it became very clear that Angus is the absolute apple of his owner’s eye. He goes everywhere with Mr Threlfall and is his constant companion. Mr Threlfall uses a mobility scooter to help him get around and enjoys getting out and about around the local parks, where everyone knows Angus (although mainly because he can often be seen riding in the foot well of his dad’s scooter!!) This endearing sight often elicits lots of attention for Angus in the form of treats, treats and more treats... unfortunately Angus’ waistline and ultimately his health were suffering due to his love of food. His owner loves to feed him when he eats and will often provide a whole meal for Angus so as he can eat alongside the rest of the family. This is something that Victoria has spoken extensively with Mr Threlfall about and they  decided that together they can help change Angus’ lifestyle and improve his overall health and wellbeing. The practice love Angus’ visit -  he is a beautiful character, although he isn’t always so sure about them. Angus is very attached to his owner and is not easy to examine when he comes for routine checks or vaccination- he seems very anxious when he is not at his dad’s side. The aim is to not only help Angus lose weight, but to also help him feel more comfortable and relaxed in the practice. Regular visits to weight clinic appointments with Victoria in a calm and relaxed atmosphere aim to improve his overall impression of the practice which will hopefully help with future visits. 

Angus’ starting weight was 13kg with a BCS of 9 and excess weight all over and very barrel shaped. Mr Threlfall is in agreement that Angus needs to lose weight and  health issues linked to obesity diabetes/arthritis/heart disease etc. were discussed. Mr Threlfall kept a food diary for the week which revealed Angus had Frosties, toast, Bakers meaty morsels, Pedigree Chum wet food, Dentasticks, a biscuit at night and other occasional treats such as sausage or other bits of ‘human’ food. Exercise is ok, walking off lead mainly in the park (Mr Threlfall has a mobility scooter that Angus will sometimes ride on). Mr Threlfall does make the effort to make sure Angus walks instead of riding with him on his scooter. Plan: Begin ROYAL CANIN® Satiety starting on 40g meals 3 times daily,  2 of which to be activity feeds with a Kong or in the garden with owner. To rehydrate breakfast portion instead of giving cereal with milk to help Mr Threlfall with the transition. Ideally needs to not have any other feed although Mr Threlfall finds such a dramatic change potentially distressing so can continue to feed 50-100g of wet food to be phased out within the next 4 weeks. Angus to have a raw carrot daily instead of dentastick.

Four weeks later, Angus was down to 11.4kgs. Mr Threlfall is happy with the feeding guidelines and Angus is much happier to be about with him on walks. Still goes on mobility scooter on occasion but Mr Threlfall is getting Angus off and having him walk at the side of the scooter. As Angus is very keen to stay close to Mr Threlfall, he has made attempts to motivate  Angus with games of fetch/chase with balls or a frisbee as Angus’ recall is very good! Altogether happy with progress, to carry on as planned- completely stop giving wet food now as phased out over last month.

A further 5 weeks later, Angus was down to 10.9kgs. Now only feeding Satiety and Mr Threlfall is noticing an improvement in Angus - both in his tolerance to exercise and his coat condition. Members of the public have been commenting on how good he looks when they see him on the local park. Mr Threlfall is really pleased that people are noticing their efforts and this encourages him to continue .

Angus reached his target weight of 10kgs within 4 months of starting his weight loss plan and continues to keep the weight off.

Owner testimonial

Angus has been attending Weight Clinic now for some months and the diet under the watchful eye of Victoria has been spectacular, and although it has been a long time, the weight loss has been gradual. This is how Victoria planned it - with the special ROYAL CANIN® diet food and exercise it has gradually come off and how well he looks for it. Many people have commented on our travels how well he looks and I tell them it is through the wonderful work of Victoria. Angus and I are out every day in the local park and I find that due to the weight loss he has more energy. The diet will be carried on with, as will the exercise, and we will continue to see Victoria for his weigh in  - she really is an inspiration and an asset to Vets4Pets for her devotion to animals.
 

Andrew Doyle presenting the award to Victoria Robinson    
Andrew Doyle, ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Sales & Marketing Director (centre) presenting the overall winner award to Victoria Robinson

Andrew Doyle (left), Victoria Robinson and David Morley

Andrew Doyle, ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Sales & Marketing Director (left) with Victoria Robinson receiving the £1000 J.A.K Marketing Ltd prize for her practice from David Morley (J.A.K Marketing Ltd)

 

2015/6 Category Winners

We are pleased to announce that judging has now finished and the category winners have been selected.
 
Here are the lucky winners:-
 

Best before/after photo

‘Toby’ Herapath, 3yr Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Vet Nurse - Amanda Arme, Vet4Pets Gamston

Amanda Arme, Veterinary Nurse at Vets4Pets Gamston, submitted the winner photo’s for this category of 3 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Toby.  The dramatic photos show the incredible 28% (3.7kgs) which Toby lost with the help of Amanda and his owners.


Caroline Burke presenting award to Amanda Arme

Caroline Burke, ROYAL CANIN Weight Specialist (Left) presenting award to Amanda Arme

Toby before front Toby after front

Toby before side Toby after side

 

Best Starter

‘Bowie’ Hook, 6yr Pug

Vet Nurse - Claire Stanley, Daventry Vet Clinic

Six year old pug Bowie started on the ROYAL CANIN Obesity Management diet, with a target to lose 15% of his body weight, after suffering weight-related complications including seizures and difficulty breathing. Claire Stanley, Veterinary Nurse  at Daventry Veterinary Clinic helped jump start Bowie’s weight loss by putting him on a strict diet and in six months he lost over 2kg and reduced his bodyweight by 15%.


Caroline Burke (middle) presenting awards to Jodi Hook (left) and Claire

Caroline Burke, ROYAL CANIN Weight Specialist (centre) presenting award to Jodi Hook (left) and Claire Stanley

 

Best combined pet/owner weight loss

‘Bella’ (6yr Labrador) & ‘Jake’ (7yr Labradoodle) with Mr Madeley

Vet Nurse - Alison Miles, St.Georges Vet Group Wolverhampton

With the care and assistance of Alison Miles, Veterinary Nurse at St. Georges Vet Group in Wolverhampton, six year old Labrador Bella has lost 7kg and seven year old Labradoodle Jake has lost 6.5kg since starting the Weight Management Programme in June 2015.  Their owner, Mr Madley, also shared the weight loss challenge by following a Slimming World plan, losing three stone!


Louise Brennan (middle) presenting awards to Mr & Mrs Madeley and Alison

Louise Brennan, ROYAL CANIN Weight Specialist (2nd left) presenting award to Mr & Mrs Madeley and Alison Miles (right)

Best Journey

2 winners

‘Angus’ Threlfall  9yr Schipperke

Vet Nurse - Victoria Robinson, Vets4Pets Eastwood

Using the ROYAL CANIN Satiety diet, nine year old Schipperke, Angus, lost 3kg over a five month period. His owner experienced initial struggles with the weight loss programme but with the support and advice from Victoria Robinson, clinic nurse at Vets4Pets in Eastwood, he overcame this and found the support also helped Angus feel more comfortable and relaxed within the practice.

Shelley Holden presenting awards to Mr & Mrs Threlfall

Shelley Holden, ROYAL CANIN Weight Specialist, presenting the category winner award to Mr & Mrs Threlfall, and Victoria Robinson

And

‘Fat Dave’ Fletcher 6yr Domestic Short Hair

Vet Nurse - Sophie Campbell, Cramar Vet Practice

Fat Dave, the six year old cat, began his diet in December 2013 at 9.4kg. Sophie Campbell, the Veterinary Nurse at Cramar vet practice in Birmingham recommended ROYAL CANIN’s satiety diet and advised on portion sizes appropriate for Dave’s size and target weight. After a lot of perseverance from Sophie and the owner, Dave reached his target weight of 6.1kg – losing a total of 2.4kg.

 Shelley holden with Jessica Fletchjer and Sophie Campbell

Shelley Holden, ROYAL CANIN Weigth Specialist (centre), presenting awards to Sophie Campbell (left) and Jessica Fletcher

Best Long Term Weight Management

‘Charlie’ Gates, 10yr Domestic Short Hair

Vet Nurse - Anna Wright, Mimram Veterinary Centre

Ten year old cat, Charlie, began the ROYAL CANIN Weight Management Programme in March 2014. With the support of Veterinary Nurse Anna Wright, from Mimram Veterinary Centre in Welwyn,Charlie reached his target in just eight months, dropping in weight from 7.2kg to 5kg. Since then he has remained on the same diet and consistently maintained a weight of just under 5kg.

Louise Brennan (left) presenting award to Anna Wright        

Louise Brennan, ROYAL CANIN Weight Specialist (left) presenting award to Anna Wright

Each pet owner wins the choice of either a pet photo shoot or a pet portrait, and a trophy. Each Veterinary Nurse wins £100 shopping vouchers and a trophy.

 

Thank you to everyone who entered, we had over 360 entries this year, and it has been a difficult task to choose our winners with so many great achievements and stories.

You should all be very proud of your hard work and commitment in helping your pets to live a happier and healthier life.