Buckles starts his Biggest Loser Journey

This is Buckles, the sweetest, gentlest, most patient dachshund of all time. He is probably part beagle (maybe that’s where the patience comes from). But the most important thing to know about Buckles is that he weighs 63 pounds. ACK! An appropriate weight for a standard dachshund is 16-32 pounds. An appropriate weight for a beagle is less than 25 pounds.

Biggest Loser Buckles

I estimate that Buckles should weigh about 30 pounds. That means he has more than half his body weight to lose. With this weight, he is at extreme risk for a back injury due to IVDD, diabetes, thyroid problems, and all kinds of other nasty stuff that I’d rather he not have to deal with. He deserves a happy life.

I’ve had Buckles only 3 days, and he has already started following me everywhere I go around he house, and he settles down sweetly on his bed beside mine. (Thank goodness he doesn’t want to sleep IN the bed; there isn’t anywhere close to enough room!)

For the next few months (who am I kidding, at least a YEAR!) I’m going to journal Buckles’ progress and what we do to help him get healthy again. Buckles is only 7 years old, and he should have a lot of life and love left in him.

But before we go on the weight loss plan, I have to get his tummy straightened out. Right now he has terrible diarrhea. The vet checked him out and didn’t find any parasites or bacteria, so we’re going to start with some bland food (rice, boiled chicken) and plain yogurt until he’s not having that problem any more.

I’ll also be tweeting his progress with hashtag #BLBuckles if you want more info along the way!

Wish us luck!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vetstoronto1025
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 17:56:44

    We applaud DREAM Dachshund Rescue on your commitment to Buckles and will be following his progress and offering support. We @vetstoronto see obese pets that are or will be suffering from serious health issues relating to this condition. We are hoping our follwers and clients will learn from this process and help their pets to have a healthier and happier life. We encourage anyone with an obese/overweight pet to consult with their veterinarian about nutrition and exercise. Good luck, from the @vetstoronto team.

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    • dreamdachshundrescue
      Jul 28, 2011 @ 15:46:47

      Thanks so much! He is already looking cheerier. Sweet boy WANTS to play but he really can’t move that well yet.

      Reply

  2. Jasmine
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 00:44:37

    Good luck to you and Buckles! It truly is very important to get his gut working properly and his weight down! Our late rescue was awfully obese when he came to us also. He did thin out just with reasonable portions and being introduced to our exercise regime.

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    • dreamdachshundrescue
      Jul 28, 2011 @ 15:46:10

      Any advice you have is greatly appreciated! I don’t think he’s ready for any exercise yet.

      Reply

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