About the Programme
Obesity is the biggest health problem facing South African pets. Many owners believe a ‘little extra padding’ is not serious - but it is. Overweight pets have shorter lives; are at higher risk of diseases like arthritis, urinary conditions, skin conditions, heart disease and cancer; and research has demonstrated that fat pets are less happy.
As obesity is both preventable and treatable, why is it is such a ‘big’ problem? A key reason is loving owners are often not objective about their pet’s size – nine out of ten owners mistakenly think their pet’s size is ‘normal’; yet according to vets, more than 50% of patients they see weigh more than is healthy. What many people consider to be ‘normal’ these days is actually clinically overweight.
Rather than putting your pet at the risk of obesity-related diseases, ask your vet for a professional, objective opinion.
The Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme, which is run by hundreds of veterinary clinics in South Africa and Namibia, combines the clinically proven weight loss food with regular weigh-ins and expert advice. It has proven to be a successful formula for thousands of cats and dogs.
The annual Hill’s Pet Slimmer Competition gives pet owners the opportunity the share their pet’s weight-loss journey and share the difference it’s made in their lives.
Find a Pet Slimmer Practice in your area. For advice on how to help your pet rediscover a sleeker silhouette, speak to your vet or call us toll free on 0800228783.Learn More
The 2016 Ambassador - Dexter
46% of his body weightSee More
Ari the invincible is back after having lost 3.9kgs and 31% of his bodyweight.
Eddie the Beagle bounces back after losing 4.3kgs and 19% of his bodyweight.
Gina swims to slimmer success, losing 3.5kgs and 33% of her body weight.
Maggy finds love and a new lease on life, losing 2.9kgs and 27% of her bodyweight.
Jess of the Bushveld jumps for joy after losing 2.8kgs and 11% of her bodyweight.
Matie's back to monkey business after having lost 1.2kgs and 22% of his body weight.
Slim Shanna sparkles after losing 9.2kgs and 17% of her bodyweight.
Basil beats the bulge by losing 6.5kgs and 42% of his bodyweight.
Muscha melted away 24kgs on Metabolic!. She lost 33% of her body weight slimming 24kgs
Jenni's journey to weight loss starts at doggie hotel. She lost 27% of her body weight slimming 2.3kgs
Miserable Maggie's metamorphosis makes us proud. She lost 31% of her body weight slimming 3.9kgs
Kaspaas says 'tot siens' to 16 kgs. He lost 39% of his body weight slimming 16.1kgs
Oscar the pudding is proof-perfect. He lost 34% of his body weight slimming 16.8kgs
Amber goes from a round full stop to exclamation mark. She lost 35% of her body weight slimming 11kgs
Truffles triumphs on Park Run. She lost 18% of her body weight slimming 3.1kgs
Beloved Angel gets an injection of life. She lost 35% of her body weight slimming 1.9kgs
Halo Rescued a Second Time. He lost 33% of his body weight slimming 20.5kg
From Chubby to Skinny MaLinks. She lost 38% of her body weight slimming 4.5kgs
Flabby Labby has a new lease on life. He lost 41% of his body weight slimming 22.8kgs
Rather than 'Rags to Ritches', Belina's story is 'Super-size' to 'Super-model'. She lost 22% of her body weight slimming 5.8kgs
Missy's Metabolic Metamorphosis. She lost 43% of her body weight slimming 3.91kgs
From Titbits to 'Itsy-Bitsy'. She lost 34% of her body weight slimming 1.2kgs
From Deaths's Door to tail held hight and a bounce in her step. She lost 28% of her body weight slimming 4.5kgs
Kodi cuts the killer kilo's. He lost 32% of his body weight slimming 7.3kg
Kara beats the bulge - squirrels beware. She lost 40% of her body weight slimming 15.3kgs
Now half the man he used to be. He lost 41% of his body weight slimming 5.3kgs
Max stands for Maximus. The Greatest. He lost 20% of his body weight slimming 8.4kgs
Uphill battle to a superb down 'Hill's' victory. He lost 23% of his body weight slimming 11.5kgs
Trim Timmy no longer tips the scales. He lost 17% of his body weight slimming 1.1kgs
Back to her old self without a single hungry day. She lost 24% of her body weight slimming 12.8kgs
Ollie tackles weight loss with gusto!. He lost 18% of his body weight slimming 6.5kgs
From fat and sad to lean and loving life. She lost 33% of his body weight slimming 7.5kgs
Buxom Bulldog becomes beauty queen. She lost 27% of her body weight slimming 8.9kgs
Preston healthy and handsome again. He lost 22% of his body weight slimming 9.5kgs
We call him “the Goose”, we call him “pal”, we call him “Goof”, we call him family, but that is not his name. Gus lost 15% of his body weight slimming from 80kgs to 68.15kgs
Boy that day I got a fright to realize she was not just overweight - she had to lose 1/3 of her body weight! She slimmed from 27.8kgs to 18.6kgs.
Pure commitment, motivation and a “vasbyt” attitude, led to Gizmo’s success! He lost 23% of his body weight slimming from 6.4kgs to 4.9kgs.
A previous Slimmer finalist inspired us to do something about Miekie’s weight. We wanted a happy, healthy pet. She lost 31% of her body weight slimming from 9.9kgs to 6.8kgs
Her health means a lot to us and losing this weight means she will be with us for longer. She lost 23% of her body weight slimming from 6.5kgs to 5kgs.
When the vet told us we were shortening Harry’s life, it sprung us into action. He lost 20% of his body weight starting 14.4kgs ending on 11.5kg.
His love for chicken was legendary. He lost 36% of his body weight slimming from 20kgs to 12.8kgs
Bella Galassi, a Dachshund from Umhlanga (KZN) who lost a third of her bodyweight.
Priscilla Daly, a cross breed from Stillbaai (Western Cape) who lost just under 10kgs, going from 24.3kgs to 14.4kgs
Tobi Hambrecht, a Dachshund from Swakopmund (Namibia) who lost a third of his bodyweight.
Duffus Methven, a Rottweiler from Vaalwater (Limpopo) who lost over 20kg
Stoffel van der Watt, a Dachshund from Pretoria who lost 4.1kgs, from 13.5kgs to 9.4kgs.
Kattie Schoeman, a cat from Pretoria who lost a kilo (equivalent to an average 65kg woman losing almost 10kgs).
Asterix Nel, a blind Dachshund from Strand, Western Cape that went from 10.8kgs to 7.4kgs.
Calsi Carrasco, a greedy `garbage disposal` Labrador from La Lucia, Durban that went from 38.9 kgs to 28.8 kgs
Mickey Holl, a Jack Russell from Pretoria whose greatest love used to be pancakes. She went from 14kgs to 8.7kgs
Ounooi Koch, a Dachshund from Pretoria whose owners did not believe it was possible she could lose weight. She went from 11.7kgs to 5.9kgs
Peanut Hellwig, a Jack Russell from Swakopmund, Namibia that went from 10.8 kgs to 8kgs
Phumba Alledahn a Staffie from Hillcrest, Durban, that was `the only dog that put on weight at the SPCA`. He went from 28kgs to 21kgs
Picasso Kornmuller, a Burmese cat from Johannesburg who used to steal food from the neighbouring flat that went from 7.2kgs to 5kgs
Rufus Ruiters has been declared top dog in the 2009 Hill`s Pet Slimmer of the Year. The 11-year-old Maltese from Johannesburg lost over 40% of his bodyweight, slimming from a rotund 12.2kgs to a svelte 7.2kgs.
Jackie Kriegler, a Jack Russell from De Doorns near Worcester (Western Cape) that lost 3.6 kgs (32%), slimming from 11.40 kgs to 7.80 kgs.
Jessie Marais, a Spaniel from Groenkloof, Pretoria that lost 9.1 kgs (35.1%), slimming from 25.95 kgs to 16.85 kgs.
Jackson Martin, an Australian Cattle Dog from Pretoria that lost 10.65 kgs (31.1%), slimming from 34.20 kgs to 23.55 kgs.
Tigger van Rooyen, a Jack Russell cross from Durban North that lost 20.19 kgs (51.8%), slimming from 39.00 kgs to 18.80 kgs.
Thandi Weitz, a Staffie from Port Elizabeth that lost 8.80 kgs (31.4%) slimming from 28.00 kgs to 19.20 kgs.
Canine siblings Vinkel and Koljander Pienaar, two Spaniels from Pretoria, beat weighty competition to win the 2008 Hill`s Pet Slimmer of the Year. They each lost 31% of their bodyweight.
Obese is such an ugly word. I like to call it “weight challenged.” He lost 40% of his body weight losing an amazing 17kgs!
Her tummy was touching the ground! Looking back we are shocked at how much weight Sally has lost. She lost 27% of her body weight slimming from 11.45kgs to 8.35kgs.
It wasn’t until I looked at old photos that I realised how overweight he really was. He lost 46% of his body weight slimming 6kgs.
Losing 14kgs and an incredible 43cm from his waist, Buster gets a second chance to enjoy his life. He lost 35% of his body weight slimming 14kgs.
I had no idea I was slowly taking years off his life - but now my “fatty” is best looking boy on the block! He lost 29% of his body weight slimming 5.8kgs.
I’m well looked after - some people say too well. She lost 35% of her body weight slimming 4.5kgs.
Thanks to Hill’s Lara is not only back in good health but she has the attitude of a young Labrador. She lost 33% of her body weight slimming 14.9kgs.
Shrinking an unbelievable 26cm - we’re so proud of our 'Vroutjie Doutjie'. She lost 38% of her body weight slimming 4.2kgs.
I thought she was just big boned! She lost 32% of her body weight slimming 4.8kgs.
Friends that have known Stoffel all his life barely recognise him. He lost 35% of his body weight slimming 10.6kgs.
Losing 18.22kgs is no mean feat but our efforts paid off! She lost 41% of her body weight slimming 18.22kgs.
Week by week, day by day, Mr Tigger started to lose the weight that was threatening his life. He lost 45% of his body weight slimming 4.1kgs
In the last 5 years, the Hill`s Pet Slimmer programme has helped close on 10,000 pets live a happier, healthier, slimmer life.
Over the past 5 years, our 300 competition entrants have lost over 2,000 kgs – that’s the weight of a rhinoceros!
Our biggest loser lost 26 kgs which was more than half of her total body weight (54%).
We hate to admit it, but 63% of our Pet Slimmers are female.
We’ve had more pets on the programme called Jessie, Bella and Sasha than any other name.
If you are a Dachshund and Labrador just sign up now. They are the leading overweight breeds by far.