I have a great respect for people lose a huge amount of weight in a quest to get healthy. Unfortunately, significant weight loss can leave uncomfortable and unattractive hanging skin in areas where the most fat was lost. Some people elect to get surgery to remove the lose skin.
The incidence of obesity in dogs has been growing. In the US, over 44% of dogs are now estimated to be overweight or obese according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
That means there is room for many fidos out there to lose weight. As with humans, a major weight loss can result in lose hanging skin. For the first time ever, the same “tummy tuck” procedure to remove the excess skin on humans has been performed on a dog.
Obie is a standard Dachshund that grew to 77 lbs when his owners, an elderly couple with dementia, mistakenly overfed him. He was surrendered to a rescue and adopted by a veterinary-technician Mom and able to lose over 30 lbs with her help.
Because he lost so much weight he was left with the worst case of excess skin I have ever seen in a dog. This extra skin was uncomfortable and made it hard for him to move around normally. His Mom said the extra skin also put him at risk for injury and infection.
A bunch of generous people rallied around Obie and donated enough money for a veterinarian to give him the tummy tuck surgery.
Throughout his recovery, his Mom Nora kept his fans updated. Obie recovered quickly from the surgery and when the swelling went down he didn’t even look like the same dog.
Over two pounds of skin was removed so post surgery he is within 5 lbs of his goal weight.
We say congratulations Obie and Nora! You both have worked hard.
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