For dogs that are paraplegic or have mobility issues, it is really important to keep them “slim and trim” to help reduce strain on their joints and keep them as mobile as possible.
Last week I started fostering a paralyzed Red Heeler named Freckles (more about her in later blog posts). She had been found in a ditch and was not moving much. I was concerned enough that I asked the rescue if she was truly only affected in two legs or if she was tetraparetic, affected in all four legs.
My question was answered as soon as I saw Freckles ….
She was clearly someones well loved, or is it overly loved, pet. Freckles should weigh around 45-50lbs, but tipped the scales at almost 65lbs. She is so obese that she can barely move herself round, exhausted after moving the 10 feet from the kitchen to the living room. Her weight has also resulted in pressure damage to her feet, hocks and stifles, and her fat pad is red and irritated where it rubs the ground.
On Monday Freckles will be going to the vets to be checked over and see a neurologist and a nutritionist. While she will likely not appreciate being on a diet, losing weight, fitting into a cart and getting to experience the world will most definitely improve her health and quality of life.