Humans aren’t the only animals that can lose weight. Take Vincent the Dachshund for instance.
Only eight months before, Vincent was a depressed dog who weighed in at 38 pounds, double what he should weigh. Running, playing, and moving around in general was hard for the big guy, especially when his belly was nearly touching the ground.
According to Thedodo.com, His health wasn’t too good either, “At his original BMI, he was at a severe risk for arthritis, diabetes, reduced mobility, increased physical injury that can lead to paralysis of the hind legs, cancer, respiratory disease, kidney disease, pancreatic and shortened life expectancy,” said Melissa Anderson, his new foster mom.
After his former owner passed away, he was brought to the Houston-area shelter, where he was adopted by Melissa Anderson. Little did Vincent know, his new owner had some big plans for him.
Anderson told local outlet KTRK, “Who wouldn’t want to save this face,” but Anderson also said that caring for an obese dog wasn’t easy.When she took him out for walks, she would get disappointed looks from strangers. “Some people can be kind of mean,” she said. “They’ll say things like ‘that’s abuse’ … and I’m like OK I’m trying to help this dog.”
According to Thedodo.com, Vincent every day would go on walks and get hydrotherapy, ( aka, Swimming) and eat healthier food. Eventually, eight months later all of his hard work had paid off.
Vincent has come a long way in only six months, “He is the sweetest, funniest, happiest guy now,” Anderson told CNN in an exclusive interview. His Vincent now currently weighs 17 pounds, social media has given him the nickname, “Skinny Vinny”. Beside the lost of weight, his cholesterol has lowered as well. The average health ranges from 125-177, Vincent has gone down from 286-166.
Since his story was released, he has become a big inspiration to other dogs and pet owners, and he’s a bit of a pet celebrity now. But he still has some work to do. According to Fox6Now.com, he still has to lose a pound and a half to reach his goal.
To follow Vincent’s story, click here to go to his ‘Personal Facebook Page’. > Fat Vincent of K-9 Angels Rescue Houston .