Tigger the Jack Russell loses 18,8 kg on a diet and gets his bounce back

2008-12-05 00:00

Tired of being overweight and exhausted, a Durban pooch was put on a strict diet and lost half his body weight.

Tigger, a cross Jack Russell, weighed a hefty 39 kg.

His owners, Andre and Glenda van Rooyen of Durban North, started to worry about Tigger’s sluggishness and took him to the Glenashley Veterinary Clinic, which runs the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme. The now-playful Tigger, who lost 18,8 kg, was a finalist in the clinic’s competition.

Tigger was so overweight that he couldn’t jump into the car for his vet visits.

As a puppy, Tigger was spoilt with tasty morsels, and over six years, his weight ballooned to 39 kg, which put a strain on his back.

“He was so miserable and would just sleep the entire day. He looked so unhappy so we decided to put him on the programme,” said Glenda.

Under the guidance of Lynette Buttery at the clinic, the kilograms melted off Tigger.

Glenda van Rooyen said she was worried that Tigger might not enjoy his new pet food, but he “gobbled” it up.

“We stopped feeding him all the junk food he loved and put him on a strict diet. Now he loves broccoli, carrots and even rice cakes,” she added.

Her husband said the weight loss has given Tigger a new lease of life and now he spends most of the day running around the garden chasing birds.

“His quality of life has changed. He has more energy now, which is great. He’s back to being that sparky dog we all love,” he said.

The Van Rooyens have changed the diets of all their 11 dogs to prevent them from getting overweight.

“It’s amazing how much healthier they are now. All their coats have improved and they are all happy pooches,” Glenda said.

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