Friday 17 November 2017

Obese dog walking his way to health

Alfie, an eight-year-old collie cross, is on a mission to lose almost half his body weight
Alfie, an eight-year-old collie cross, is on a mission to lose almost half his body weight

A morbidly obese dog which weighed the same as a 12-year-old child is on a mission to lose almost half his body weight.

Alfie, an eight-year-old collie cross, weighed 6st 6lb (41kg) when he was taken into a Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Glasgow six weeks ago.

He was suffering from pressure sores and had trouble walking as a consequence of his weight.

Staff at the centre put him on a high-fibre, low-calorie diet and introduced him to an exercise regime.

He has already lost an average of 2.2lb (1kg) a week, but has to shed another 22lb (10kg) before reaching his target weight.

Sandra Downie, manager of the charity's Glasgow centre, said: "Alfie's special calorie-controlled diet includes lots of fibre to make him feel fuller for longer and he has started very gentle exercise.

"Sadly, due to his weight when he came to us, he had difficulty walking and even had pressure sores on his elbows.

"If he had continued like this he would have been at great risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even organ failure."

Alfie was recently rehomed with Falkirk residents Joy Seery and Ian Nish, who have vowed to help him lose the remaining weight.

Dogs Trust said it is helping cover the cost of his special diet and has offered his new owners ongoing help and advice.

Press Association

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