VIDEO Animal Planet’s My Big Fat Pet Makeover to premiere September 30

My Big Fat Pet Makeover Animal Planet show

Animal planet is getting in on the popular weight loss reality show craze as pet expert and trainer Travis Brorsen puts plump and portly pets through “a four-month long weight-loss and behavior modification journey” on the new series My Big Fat Pet Makeover.

From the network:

Obese animals can experience health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart failure, thus leading to a shorter life. In MY BIG FAT PET MAKEOVER, Brorsen creates individual exercise and diet plans in addition to implementing positive reinforcement training methods. He also uses creative techniques as wake-up calls for owners, using visual experiments that let them experience what their pets are going through. As an example, one individual is forced to wear a weighted vest to experience the extra weight the dog is living with each day.

Here is a preview trailer highlighting some of the four-legged cast members to be featured in the premiere season:

Ugh – ZERO episodes in and I’m already addicted! (Even without Dr. Nowzaradam or the need for gastric bypass surgery.)

This cat and dog are motivational memes waiting to happen:

My Big Fat Pet Makeover fat cat animated gif Animal Planet fat pets show

Travis Brorsen shared his excitement and thoughts about what he hoped the show would accomplish in an Animal Planet press release. “My goal for this series is to raises awareness of the pet obesity problem while educating and empowering pet owners to make big changes for their furry family members,” he says. “I’m thrilled to be sharing health, wellness and training tips to the Animal Planet audiences that will help owners find new ways to love their pets and add years to their life.”

My Big Fat Pet Makeover premieres Saturday, September 30 at 10/9c on Animal Planet.

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  • cali

    Omg! Poor animals. My dog doesn’t eat if she’s not hungry, even if I offer her steak or chicken (her two favorites) she just sniffs it and walks away lol. I guess it’s a good thing otherwise she would end up on this show.

  • Bruja

    To allow a pet to get like this is nothing short of abuse, period.

    Animals,like humans, can’t handle being morbidly obese. Joint issues, organ issues, and believe it or not, obesity is the main cause for diabetes in pets.

    How many pets are put down by owners because the owners won’t, or for some reason, can’t pay for veterinary care, including medications like insulin or thyroid meds? I know from when my son worked as a VA (he did this for years, but this past year he left the field) there were too many times to count that a pet was euthanized because the owners couldn’t, or sometimes simply wouldn’t pay for the care the pet required.

    It’s not cute, it’s sad and the owners of these pets should be made to surrender them, because they’ll likely let them get like this again, and next time, it may damn well cost the pet their life.

  • Aussie cathie

    Abuse comes in many forms….. This is one of them!!