Thabazimbi’s Top Dogs!
Thabazimbi – Nine dogs and one cat have been announced as the finalists in this year’s Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year Competition. The annual contest was started to create awareness of pet obesity, an issue that according to South African vets, affects more than half their patients.
Cats and dogs are eligible to compete for the title once they reach their goal weight on the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme (a veterinary-supervised weight loss programme available at hundreds of practices around the country). The ten finalists were selected on various criteria, including their weight loss story, before and after photos, percentage and / or total kilos lost. As well as winning improved health, each finalist receives three months’ supply of their favourite Hill’s pet food, a family photo shoot and celebratory bottle of bubbly for the proud pet parents.
Deciding which three pets will take top honours and which the coveted Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year title, is the responsibility of the judging panel: Carolyn Herrick of Hill’s Pet Nutrition; East Coast Radio DJ Damon Beard; Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary advisor for Hill’s Pet Nutrition; actress Mapaseka Koetle-Nyokong; Magic828AM’s Tony Sanderson and Zoe Brown of SABC 3’s Expresso Breakfast Show.
Judging takes place during October, national Pet Obesity Month, and the top three will be announced on 1 November. The first place ambassador will receive R10,000, second place R7, 000 and third R5,000.
“Every pet that reaches a healthy weight is a winner,” said Dr Fyvie. “Research clearly demonstrates that overweight pets have shorter lives and are at higher risk of arthritis, heart problems, urinary conditions, skin issues and even cancer.”
Visit the Hill’s Pet Slimmer Hall of Fame on www.PetSlimmer.co.za to see these super slim pets’ remarkable before and after photos and read how losing their killer kilos has transformed their lives for the better.
Is your pet a healthy weight?
Nine out of ten pet parents mistakenly believe their pet’s weight to be normal. Love your pets enough to take them to your vet for a free weight assessment and protect them from obesity-related diseases. During October’s Pet Obesity Month, vets around the country are offering free weight assessment. Ask your vet for a professional opinion, or find a participating
#PetObesityMonth vet on www.PetSlimmer.co.za.
Kapow of Thabazimbi, is one of the finalists in the Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year competition. Kapow, Nadia and Johan Uys’ Labrador Retriever cross, lost 15.8 kg (33% of bodyweight), going from 48 kg to 32.2 kg. http://www.petslimmer.co.za/finalists/kapow/
Kapow is a three-year-old, male, and his veterinarian is Renee Jackson: 014-772 3323 at Medivet.
Here is Kapow’s story as told by Nadia:
We got Kapow when he was just 4 weeks old as his mother wasn’t coping with all her puppies. He was tiny! We fell in love with him and did our best to feed him well so he would grow healthy and strong.
All our dogs were fed normal dog food. We filled the bowls and ensured there was always food available. In addition to this, my husband loved to treat the dogs. He would give them leftover meat, tinned food and biltong as well as a biscuit every time he left the house, which could be several times in a day!
We had our love-goggles on. We didn’t realise how big Kapow had become. It was only when I took him to the vet with a mild tummy bug that I saw the light. The vet said he was seriously overweight and when I saw he weighed 48 kg, I realised how blind I had been. You don’t realise until someone tells you.
The vet recommended Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic and Kapow loves it. These days he is so excited at feeding time that he does back flips.
Before losing weight Kapow had become really lazy. When we went for walks he’d just want to sit. He’s now a ball of energy and his coat is shiny. There’s a massive improvement in his health. He smiles constantly and he plays with our other two dogs. When he was fat he didn’t want to play. Plus there’s no more gas! Absolutely nothing! Before eating Hill’s Metabolic he was very windy and now it’s gone completely. Kapow has a new lease on life.
Bella of Thabazimbi, is one of the finalists in the Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year competition. Bella, Pauline and Flip Helberg’s Labrador Retriever from Limpopo, lost 14.5 kg (33% of bodyweight), going from 44 kg to 29.5 kg. http://www.petslimmer.co.za/finalists/bella/
Bella is seven years old, a female, and her veterinarian is Renee Jackson: 014-772 3323 at Medivet.
Here is Bella’s story as told by Pauline:
Bella had a problem when she was on heat and I was also concerned about her weight, so I took her to the vet who recommended that Bella should be spayed and registered on the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme.
At the time Bella weighed 44 kg.
I don’t really know why Bella got so fat, none of my other dogs did. She ate the same food as the others – some table scraps, normal pet food, a couple of biscuits each day and occasional bones. Over the years she became heavier. She looked tired and panted all the time. She couldn’t stand up for very long; you could see she was not feeling good.
On the advice of the vet we started feeding Bella Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic. She loved the food. At first she seemed a little bit hungry but we knew she was getting the correct amount of food and we were firm. Within a month I could see she was losing weight.
Now she weighs 29.5 kg and is just beautiful. She’s full of energy, always up and about and loves to play. She brings the ball to me and runs around. The panting has completely gone and you can see she’s happy. It looks like she’s smiling at me.
She’s still on Hill’s Metabolic and maintaining her weight nicely. I don’t want her to get fat again. I learnt a lot.
It’s the same as for humans, if you’re fat, you don’t feel healthy.