In Texas, a morbidly obese Labrador mix is on the way to a fitter life!
Daisy, an extremely fat Labrador mix, is finally on the road to recovery thanks to her foster mom.
After her Labrador Retriever passed away from cancer, Amy Beasley decided to bring another dog into her household.
The state of Texas allows up to three dogs in each household and Amy knew she had to give a rescue dog a chance and foster.
“We always keep a full complement of three dogs,” she told Inside News.
She saw Daisy’s photo on Facebook and decided that she was the dog for her.
The veterinarians who examined the Labrador mix estimated he weight to be anywhere between 73 to 77 kilos, but Amy said it is impossible to know for sure since they would have a tough time carrying the overweight dog to a scale.
According to the Forgotten Pet Advocates rescue, the obese dog had lived at a woman’s home for at least five years. Amy thinks that the woman often opened up her home to unwanted animals and she was not able to control each animal’s diet or take them to the vet on regular occasions.
Sadly, the woman recently fell ill and asked nearby rescues to take in the animals.The transition from her former home to the shelter to a foster home wasn’t been easy for Daisy.
“Of all the dogs I’ve fostered in the last 15 years, I’ve never seen nor certainly had in my home a dog that was this fat,” Amy said.
Despite her size, Amy said the obese dog has hardly eaten since arriving at her new home.
Daisy was clearly nervous during her first days in Amy’s house and Forgotten Pet Advocates even got her a crate to help the dog feel more secure.
Aside from her weight issues, Daisy also suffers from a number of other health problems, according to vet, Dr. Susan Pickle.
An initial blood test indicated that the dog suffers from hypothyroidism, which is suspected as the root cause of her obesity. The vet also started her on anti-inflammatory and pain medication to help her become more mobile.
Just a week after her arrival at her foster home,Amy and the volunteers began to see a difference in Daisy’s behavior.From being aloof and shy pooch, Daisy has now started taking brief walks with the other dogs and follows family members around the home.
Amy says she will put the fat pooch on a diet and exercise regimen soon, but for now she is allowing the dog to settle and not pushing her.
Amy and her family are encouraging Daisy to move around more. Instead of going straight up to pet her, they coax her to walk to them to receive scratches and belly rubs.
“We’re thrilled with her progress,” Beasley said.