Blog Articles

Meet our 2016 Pet Slimmer Competition Judges

This year we are lucky to have six judges making the tough choice of selecting our 2016 Pet Slimmer winners. Our judges are:

Kim Schulze
Kim is a DJ on the country’s popular 5fm radio station every weekday between 4 and 7pm. She is a mommy to the cutest French Bulldog in town, ...  Read More

My Fat Boy goes on a diet….

The Hill's Pet Slimmer Programme will happily be following 'The Blessed Barrenness' She will be sharing all the up’s and downs around her not so small Chihuahua, Dexter’s progress. He has just recently joined  the Hill’s Pet Slimmer ...  Read More

Body Fat Index – A New Measure of Ideal Body Weight For Your Pet

How do you know if your pet is overweight? This is a difficult thing to determine, even for humans wanting to know this for themselves! In the past when determining a pet’s ideal weight the only guide to determining a target weight has been the breed standard. However, as no two pets are ever exactly the same (even ...  Read More

Expect Something Different - Hill`s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution

Is your pet struggling to lose weight? New Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is a nutritional solution that is proven to work in real homes, with real pets, under real world conditions. It has been hailed as the ‘next generation’ of weight management ...  Read More

Nemo finds his slimmer self - the 2012 Pet Slimmer of the year

Nemo, a ten-year-old Labrador from Durban that lost 22% of his bodyweight on a special weight loss programme has been chosen as South Africa’s 2012 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year. Nemo shed a total of 11kgs, going from a mammoth 51kgs to a svelte, healthier 40kgs. One of ten finalists in the annual competition ...  Read More

Kiera`s journey on the Hill`s Pet Slimmer Programme

Since the web-based version of the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme went live just over a year ago, we have had around 2000 dogs enrolled on the programme. Nearly a third of these are mini dogs, and of these mini dogs 6% are pugs!
One of the Pugs enrolled on the programme belongs to Claudia ...  Read More

Obesity alarm bells ringing for people and pets

According to the World Health Organisation, global obesity rates have doubled since 1980, and the epidemic of diabetes, which is closely associated with obesity and urbanisation, has skyrocketed.
This obesity epidemic is mirrored in the pet population, and the ...  Read More

Select a slim-line model and vote for South Africa`s top pet slimmers!

Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the most perfect furkid of them all? From 1 to 22 October voting is open on for the 2012 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year. Check out the weight-loss stories and ...  Read More

Are You Overweight? Chances Are Your Pet is Too…

Medical and nutrition professionals have been saying for years that the level of obesity is on the increase. The stats are scary - according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, 34% of adults aged 20 and older are obese, and 34% are overweight. On the local front, a national ...  Read More

My pet IS in shape. Round is a shape!

It turns out that we take “your pet is fat” about as well as we would take “your bum looks big in those pants”!
Having someone tell you your pet is overweight is a delicate and sensitive issue. Veterinarians often avoid having the tough discussions about the medical risks associated with ...  Read More