Inspiring weight loss star Milo

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IF you need inspiration to lose weight this New Year, look no further than local dog, Milo whose impressive weight loss has resulted in him becoming a calendar star for pet food manufacturer Royal Canin.

The seven and a half-year-old Norwegian Buhund has been named one of 12 finalists in Royal Canin’s national Weigh-In Club competition, which saw entries from more than 170 pets across the UK and Ireland who were successful in reaching their weight loss target.

Dog Milo who is a finalist in Royal Canin's national Weigh-in Club competition after losing 9.7kg.

Dog Milo who is a finalist in Royal Canin's national Weigh-in Club competition after losing 9.7kg.

Milo managed to lose a whopping 9.7kg with the help of his owner Mrs Noble and veterinary nurse Sara Rolfe from Best Friends vet practice in March.

The competition was organised by Royal Canin, which produces two ranges of pet food to help cats and dogs lose weight safely.

Royal Canin’s Gudi Stuttard said: “With pet obesity on the increase, veterinary nurses have an important role to play in educating owners and supporting the weight loss process.”

Vet nurse Sara Rolfe from Best Friends added: “Obesity is detrimental to pets’ health and can shorten their lives. With the help of special diets like those by Royal Canin, we can help owners like Mrs Noble make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of their pets through good bodyweight management.”

If you think your dog or cat may need to lose weight, contact your local vet.