May 18th, 2016 by Rebecca
Bonnie in May 2015 weighing 28 lbs
Bonnie today, May 2016, weighing 16.75 lbs
Bonnie was found at a boat landing on Lake Moultrie along with her companion, Clyde in May of 2015. The person who found them contacted Mid-Atlantic Pug rescue for help and the two pugs were brought here to Animal Medical Clinic of Goose Creek for evaluation.
When we first met Bonnie she would take a few steps, but more than that left her out of breath and exhausted. When examined, Bonnie was found to be morbidly obese and she had severe dental disease. After her exam, we completed annual wellness bloodwork and radiographs as part of her senior screening. Those tests revealed that Bonnie was also a diabetic and had bladder stones.
It was a lot of big medical issues for this little pug girl! We immediately began to work on making Bonnie more comfortable and started working on her weight loss – it was her biggest issues and many of her other problems could not be addressed without taking her weight into consideration. Overweight pets are at risk for many other medical issues.Bonnie was 28 pounds and she should have been closer to half that weight. Our hospital administrator, Kaki, agreed to take on fostering Bonnie while we worked on her medical issues and weight loss.
It was pretty obvious that Bonnie was used to eating mostly table food because all she wanted to eat was chicken, but with lots of persistence and encouragement she learned to eat her kibble. Bonnie was placed on a special prescription diet food, Hills Metabolic diet to help with her weight loss.
In the mean time, we were addressing all of Bonnie’s medical issues; she was spayed and had to have many of her teeth removed because of their severely infected state. Bonnie was placed on insulin to control her diabetes and had a second surgery to remove her bladder stones. After a few months of recovery time, she had 2 more surgical procedures to remove cataracts in both eyes and had a tumor removed from her chest. Kaki during that time continued to increase Bonnie’s walking time and distance and maintained her special diet and the weight began to really fall off….She was running and playing and exercising and acting like a normal dog!
Through everything that Bonnie went through she has been just the most happy and personable little girl. And the healthier she got, the better she felt and the more that we began to see her personality really shine through! Bonnie was adopted by her foster mom, Kaki and her family, who really fell for all her charms and just culdn’t bear to see her go.
To date Bonnie has lost a total of 11.75 pounds; that is comparable to a person losing 110 pounds !! Bonnie now walks a mile at night and comes to Puppy Playcare here at Goose Creek Bed and Biscuit 3 days a week. All of her medical issues are controlled and she is happy in her new forever home!
If your pet needs help with weight loss, ask us about the steps to take to get your pet into their best healthy state!