Help Your Pet Lose Weight - FOX 35 News Orlando

FOX Medical Team

Help Your Pet Lose Weight

Posted: Updated:

When D. Jay, a 4-year old Chihuahua mix, first came to PAWS Atlanta in April, he was big.

So big it was hard to walk. In photos taken at the time, he looks pretty miserable.

PAWS Atlanta veterinary technician Heather Campbell says, “He didn't even have a neck for you to put a leash or collar on him. So, yeah, I definitely felt bad for the little guy."

Campbell says D. Jay, surrendered by his owners who could no longer keep him, weighed just over 18 pounds.

That's twice as much as he should weigh. She says, “We ask each owner to fill out a form about their dog, and what they eat. And on his paper it said he basically ate table scraps. Chicken, mash potatoes."

After checking for medical problems, Campbell put D. Jay on a diet, feeding him what a 15 pound dog should eat. She says, “At first he was a little bit resistant to eating the food. It didn't taste like chicken or mashed potatoes."

Weight is a real issue for about half of U.S. dogs. It's a problem because it can shorten your pet's already brief life.

And the extra weight is hard on a dog's joints, and heart, and kidneys. Campbell says if you suspect your dog is too heavy,

* cut out table scraps

* cut back on treats.. or switch to vegetables.

* and slowly decrease the amount of food your pet is eating.

She says, "You don't want to have a dog eating four cups a day and then you drop them down to two cups a day, because then they'll be hungry. So you just slowly take them down."

D. Jay has lost 3.5 pounds in 6 weeks, a big deal for a little dog.

And he's now ready to be adopted.

PAWS Atlanta is hoping D-Jay will find a family committed to helping him get - and stay - healthy. Campbell is hopeful about his future. She says, “We've noticed since he's been here he loves to go for walks. And he's actually a pretty playful little dog.

If you’d like to read more about D.Jay, or adopt him, go to www.pawsatlanta.org and look in the “Adoptable Dogs” section for his photo.

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Sandy Springs woman struggles with Alzheimer's diagnosis at 55

    Sandy Springs woman struggles with Alzheimer's diagnosis at 55

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:42:55 GMT
    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates about 200,000 Americans are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed before their 65th birthday.
    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates about 200,000 Americans are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed before their 65th birthday.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Easy 'fat burning' recipes

    Easy 'fat burning' recipes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:40:05 GMT
    Here are the recipes from Nancy Waldeck of the Cancer Wellness Center of Piedmont Hospital.
    Here are the recipes from Nancy Waldeck of the Cancer Wellness Center of Piedmont Hospital.
  • FOX Medical Team

    5 fat-burning foods you should try

    5 fat-burning foods you should try

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:19:49 GMT
    Tired of working out with no payoff, or counting calories and still not losing weight? Healthy chef Nancy Waldeck at the Family Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pulled together five fat-burning foods you need to discover!
    Tired of working out with no payoff, or counting calories and still not losing weight? Healthy chef Nancy Waldeck at the Family Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pulled together five fat-burning foods you need to discover!
  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Stars of 'Get On Up' The Story of James Brown, visit Good Day

    Stars of 'Get On Up' The Story of James Brown, visit Good Day

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:55:46 GMT
    In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in GET ON UP.
    In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in GET ON UP.
  • Good Day Atlanta

    Pike Nurseries: Attracting Hummingbirds

    Pike Nurseries: Attracting Hummingbirds

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:05:09 GMT
    Hummingbirds and other winged wildlife can add beautiful color and movement to a garden. You can enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of these featured friends, while also helping them access food, shelter, water and sunlight with hummingbird gardening.
    Hummingbirds and other winged wildlife can add beautiful color and movement to a garden. You can enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of these featured friends, while also helping them access food, shelter, water and sunlight with hummingbird gardening.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices