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Weigh up the winners – SA’s Pet Slimmer of the Year 2013

From 1 to 22 October you can help choose South Africa’s 2013 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year. View the dramatic before-and-after photos and read the inspiring weight-loss stories then cast your votes on With weekly spot prizes for voters you may even win a R150 Hill’s hamper yourself!

The candidates are nine dogs and one cat that have successfully reached their target weight on a special weight loss programme available at over 350 veterinary clinics in South Africa and Namibia.

The five most popular pet slimmers at midday on 22 October will each be awarded R5, 000. The cat or dog with the highest number of votes overall wins the coveted 2013 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year title.


The ten finalists are:

•   Benji Bekker, a Labrador from Pretoria, lost 11.5kgs (23% of his bodyweight) at Bakenkop Animal Clinic
•   Felix Botha, a Dachshund from Pretoria, lost 5.3kg (41% of his bodyweight) at Zwartkop Animal Clinic
•   Gina Van Zyl, a Beagle from Pretoria, lost 7.5kgs (33% of her bodyweight) at Zwartkop Animal Clinic
•   Hector Van Schalkwyk, a Rottweiler from Pretoria, lost 25kgs (30% of his bodyweight) at Bakenkop Animal Clinic
•   Max Versfeld, a three-legged Labrador from Pretoria, lost 8.4kgs (20% of his bodyweight) at Frystraat Animal Hospital
•   Mushi Haycock, a Giant Schnauzer from Pretoria, lost 12.8kg (24% of her bodyweight) at Rietvallei Animal Clinic
•   Ollie Tully, an English Bulldog from Durban, lost 6.5kgs (18% of his bodyweight) at La Lucia Veterinary Clinic
•   Penny Coni, the English Bulldog from Pretoria, lost 8.85kgs (27% of her bodyweight) at Waterkloof Veterinary Hospital (Pictured)
•   Preston McKay, a Boxer from Port Elizabeth, lost 9.5kgs (22% of his bodyweight) at Kragga Kamma Animal Clinic
•   Timmy Grove, a cat from Pretoria, lost 1.1kgs (17% of his bodyweight) at Rietvallei Animal Clinic

For every pet that has reached their goal weight the real reward is a healthier, happier and longer life. A clinical study has confirmed that the lifespan of an overweight pet is shortened by at least two years. Excess kilos can result in diabetes, increased anaesthetic risk, joint pain, mobility problems, breathing difficulties and other life-threatening conditions. Yet obesity is one of the most common diseases affecting pets today; veterinarians say about the half the patients they treat weigh more than is healthy.

Is your pet a healthy size? has tools to calculate ideal weight, loads of nutritional advice and a list of veterinary practices that run the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme.

Each person can vote for a maximum of five pets from midday 1 October to midday 22 October. Two voters will be randomly chosen each week to win a R150 Hill’s prize hamper.

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