Meet Patch, a six year old Beagle Cross recently brought to Dogs Trust Glasgow. He weighs a whopping 4.5 stones (28.45kg), the average weight of a six year old child.
Rehoming centre staff are desperately hoping 2009 will see him shed almost half his bodyweight to reach his goal of 2.4 stone (15kg), but the path won’t be easy. Patch is so obese he cannot even walk, let alone run the pounds off.
Poor Patch: Obesity is canine killer
Brought to the Uddingston centre when his elderly owner died, the dog even needs a harness to be lifted. At the moment any exercise could be extremely dangerous.
Dogs Trust Veterinary Director Chris Laurence explains:
“Patch has started a special diet and he must lose weight before he can attempt any exercise. If he loses weight too quickly there is a real risk of organ failure.
He is very lucky he is now in our care. Being [...]
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