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41kg dog follows weight-loss regime

Friday October 15th 2010

A severely overweight collie cross is being offered a new diet so that he can shed a couple of pounds.

The 6st 6lb (41kg) dog named Alfie was rescued by a Glasgow Dogs Trust re-homing organisation after he was found struggling to carry around his body weight, which had resulted in the development of pressure sores.

The eight-year-old, who weighs the equivalent of a 12-year-old child, has been going through a serious diet regime and is being given high-fibre, low-calorie meals by the staff.

He has shed around 2.2lb (1kg) every week so far, but has to lose 22lb (10kg) more to reach his ideal weight.

Sandra Downie, manager of the charity's Glasgow centre, said: "Alfie's special calorie-controlled diet includes lots of fibre to make him feel fuller for longer and he has started very gentle exercise.

"Sadly, due to his weight when he came to us, he had difficulty walking and even had pressure sores on his elbows.

"If he had continued like this he would have been at great risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even organ failure."

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