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Winner of Petbarn's Biggest Pet Loser for 2018

Introducing Braxton, Petbarn’s Biggest Pet Loser for 2018!

This week, Petbarn announced Braxton the dog from Queensland as the winner of the Biggest Pet Loser for 2018. After committing to a personalised 12-week health and fitness program, Braxton lost a massive 9 kg, totalling almost 22 percent of his overall body weight. Second place went to Scout from NSW and third place to Zeus from VIC.

Pet obesity is a rising problem in Australia, with an estimated 41% of dogs and 32% of cats being classified as overweight. This is a problem not only for the pets’ quality of life day-to-day, but can also lead to a multitude of serious health problems long term.

To help combat the issue, Petbarn teamed up with celebrity health and fitness trainer Sam Wood for the second year of the competition to create a 12-week weight loss program to help Aussie owners and their pets get into shape and improve their overall health together.

Braxton’s owner, Storm knew that she had to make a dramatic change to their lifestyles, with Braxton weighing 41.5kg at the start of the competition.

Out of hundreds of entries, the paw-some pair were chosen along with nine other pets and owners to compete the title of Australia’s Biggest Pet Loser for 2018.

“This competition changed mine and Braxton’s life! 

We found exercising together was a great way for us to not only improve our health, but it also strengthened our bond. I became more conscious of how important it is to work on our health and fitness so I’m looking forward to keeping up these habits for myself and Braxton.” Storm said.

Sumeena Parimu, Marketing Manager Retail at Petbarn says that not only have there been astonishing results from pets, but from their owners too.

“The pairs are now living happier and healthier lives together after following their tailored health programs from either Sam Wood or Greencross Vets to meet their individual nutrition, exercise and activity needs. We are so proud that we were able to facilitate this and help both people and their pets work towards a healthier future,” Sumeena said.

The winner was judged based on the percentage loss of their overall weight and prizes were awarded to first, second and third place. Coming in close second place was NSW pet, Scout who lost a significant 5.7 kg, equalling to 21 percent of her total body weight. 

Zeus from VIC was awarded third place with a loss of 10.7kg, equalling to 19.4 percent of his total body weight.

Dr Rachel Chay, Chief Veterinarian at Greencross Vets says educating pet owners on the importance on health and nutrition is vital and encourages Aussie pet owners to review their pet’s diet and exercise regime.

“The Biggest Pet Loser participants have set an excellent example for pets across the country who also need to shed a few unwanted kg. Pet obesity is a real concern for Aussie pets and can lead to severe health concerns including heart problems, diabetes and arthritis. I encourage pet parents to take the leap and get their furry friends in shape before they develop serious health concerns,” said Dr Chay.

If you are concerned about your pet’s weight and would like to book in a consultation to see a Greencross Vet, please visit

MEDIA RELEASE 05/06/2018

About Petbarn

Petbarn is Australia’s leading pet supplies retailer, offering everything for pets of all shapes and sizes – from dogs, cats, fish and bunnies, through to snakes and lizards.
As a part of Petbarn’s Love Responsibly campaign, they have created some really helpful tools including a food finder as well as some great educational videos and articles on pet nutrition. Check it out here:

About Greencross Vets

Greencross Vets are a local network of well-equipped veterinary practices across Australia. Although Greencross Vets is part of a national organisation all practices are run and managed by a local team of dedicated pet care professionals who are passionate about pets.
Greencross Vets offer online bookings for convenience of all pet parents.

About Sam Wood and 28 by Sam Wood

Sam Wood is one of Australia’s leading personal trainers. For over 16 years, Sam’s methods and training techniques have achieved incredible results with thousands of people.

He is also the creator of the training and nutrition program, 28 by Sam Wood, which was manifested as he was tired of seeing people waste their time and money training the wrong way, eating the wrong foods and not being supported and educated in a way that leads to genuine change and sustainable results.
To join Sam and thousands of others changing their lives, visit

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