ANIMALS

Stray Dog Laughed At For Being Overweight Makes A Stunning Transformation

Date December 27, 2018

Animal abuse occurs in different forms. Often, we tend to think of the practice in terms of physical harm or starvation due to neglect, but that isn't always so.

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As a puppy in Brazil, called Bolinha, was abandoned at a gas station, and for the 13 years that followed, he had to live on his own. Luckily for him, at that time there was a restaurant next to the gas station, so he survived on the scraps of food tossed out back. However, that didn’t end up in his favor.

Bolinha gradually became obese due to the constant and unsupervised eating and soon began to find breathing and movement difficult.

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Rather than help the poor dog, the restaurant began to treat him as a sideshow, and people would often gather together to look at him and cruelly mock him. Unable to move, Bolinha lay helplessly in a mud puddle until one day help finally came.

A good Samaritan heard about Bolinha and, after locating him, took him to an animal welfare organization in Brazil, Organização de Proteção Animal de Mato Grosso. He weighed almost 80 pounds!

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At the organization, he was given his first bath and was set on a path to recovery. While Bolinha had been overfed over the years, he had been starved of something vital more vital: love. Animal rescuers were all too happy to shower him with it in excess, and he loved it.

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With a combination of a strict dieting plan as well as regular exercises, such as the treadmill walk in the water for his aching joints, Bolinha began to recover and dropped over 30 pounds in a year.

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Considering his age and how big he was, this is a highly commendable feat, and now Bolinha is unrecognizable. He's much happier and healthier. People can't help but be impressed by his journey and the outcome.

Obesity in dogs

Like humans, animals can become obese as well, and in America, Obesity is known as the most common preventable disease experienced by dogs.


To measure obesity in dogs you have to compare their weight to the standar healthy body weight. When your dog measures about 10-20% above it, then it is overweight.

Dog obesity, however, can also be an indication of other conditions like hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease. Once you suspect that your dog is obese, it is essential to consult with the dog's vet and begin to adjust eating patterns for the sole aim of weight loss.

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Your dog's health is important, and while you want to make sure your pet doesn't lack food in any way, also try not to go over the top and end up contributing to his or her obesity.

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