Ollie becomes a lean machine as he preps for slimming competition

2013-10-15 00:00

IT SEEMS not only people are concerned about their figures this summer as Ollie Tully, an English bulldog from La Lucia, gears up to participate in this years Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year competition.

Ollie is the only KwaZulu-Natal contender among 10 finalists in this year’s competition. He has lost 6,5 kg thus far with the help La Lucia Veterinary Clinic. Colleen Tully, Ollie’s owner, says she is rather pleased with his weight loss.

“Ollie is a very spoilt child and I fed him often because I felt sorry for him and could not say no. It was heart breaking to watch Ollie, drooling heavily, while all the other dogs got treats. I tried to distract him and even took slices of apple to the park as a substitute. However, since I started feeding him only what his diet required, I am pleased that he is slowly but surely losing all the unnecessary weight”, she said.

“He had gained a lot of weight when I had him neutered and the vet advised me to do something about his weight. I then got him enrolled on the Hill’s Prescription Diet in 2012. Ollie has successfully reached his goal weight of 30 kg and that has allowed him to become a finalist in the competition.”

Colleen said thus far the results of his weight loss show in his increase in energy, his skin irritation has improved and he now snores less.

“I am very impressed with the change the diet has made in his life. I am convinced that this has extended his life, which is as important as he is such a beloved member of my family,” said Colleen.

He exercises twice a day and slowly continues to lose weight as he preps for the competition.

The 10 finalists in the annual Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year competition have lost an average 25% of their bodyweight and in total almost 100 kg.

According to Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary adviser in the competition, cats and dogs are at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

“Rather than thinking you’re demonstrating how much you love your pet, when you overfeed or indulge them, you may actually be shortening their lifespan.”

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