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Rescue dog sheds 15kg

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

A Blue Cross rescue dog has wowed the charity's staff by losing 15kg in her fight against fat - half her total bodyweight.

Overweight Lucy was given to the Blue Cross' Southampton rehoming branch after her previous owners were struggling to look after her. She was also suffering from nervous tendencies.

According to the organisation, the canine had been under-socialised when young, resulting in a fear of going outside on walks and consequent obesity. When brought into the Blue Cross she weighed 34kg. 

However, help was at hand for Lucy, who was placed on a strict dog food diet, given plentiful exercise and trained to overcome her behavioural problems. She now weighs 19kg.

“She has made excellent progress over the last 11 months and is now down to a much healthier weight," said Sarah Valleley, Lucy’s new owner.

As previously reported, US vet Dr Michael Fox suggests a grain-free and soy-free diet might help pets to tackle persistent weight issues.