Vet’s blunt warning sees owners show tough love to get Kodi slim

2014-10-03 00:00

A ONCE-CHUBBY Cocker Spaniel from Howick is proudly strutting his stuff as one of the country’s top pet slimmers of the year.

Kodi — owned by Rosie and Garth Keevill of Howick — lost 7,3 kilograms, amounting to 32% of his body weight, and earned himself a spot among the top 10 finalists in the 2014 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year contest.

His family are very proud of Kodi for undergoing the tough life-changing challenge.

Kodi’s initial body weight of 22,5 kg caused him to suffer from joint pains and made him sluggish and lazy.

His life changed after a local vet at Howick warned the Keevills that Kodi was overweight, and his organs could not function very well.

Rosie Keevill said they put Kodi on the Hill’s slimming programme and succeeded with “tough love” in getting his weight down to 15,2 kg.

“I was shocked into reality when my vet told me Kodi was too fat and I was slowly killing him. Wow. How blunt, but how true,” said Keevill.

Before going on diet, Kodi was enjoying light food, but also tidbits like doggy biscuits and licking the dishes clean.

Before losing weight, Kodi “looked like a square box”, but he is full of energy and life after his diet and weight loss.

“He is much happier now, and jumps on and off the chairs,” Keevill told The Witness.

Howick Small Animal Clinic receptionist Kelly Mckenzie described Kodi as a sweet and special dog.

Hill’s pet slimming programme co-ordinator Cathy Williams said at least 1 000 pets entered the competition.

People can check on the weight loss stories of the 10 finalists on the website www.petslimmer.co.za and can vote for their favourite pet slimmer of the year.

The winner will be crowned on October 22.

Voting closes at midday on that day.

The top five finalists will each get R5 000.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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