From 1 to 22 October you can choose South Africa’s 2013 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year. View the dramatic before-and-after photos and inspiring weight-loss stories then cast your vote on www.petslimmer.co.za. The candidates are cats and dogs 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 pets 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 best reward of all? A healthier, happier and longer life for your pet. 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 that about half the patients they treat weigh more than is healthy. Is your pet a healthy size? www.petslimmer.co.za has tools to calculate ideal weight, loads of nutritional advice and a list of veterinary practices that run the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme.
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