Meet Daisy, an obese rescue dog that is finally on the road to recovery thanks to her foster mom.
Amy Beasley, from Kemah, Texas, told InsideEdition.com that after her golden Labrador passed away from cancer, she decided it was time to bring another dog into their household.
“We always keep a full complement of three dogs,” Beasley laughed, mentioning that Texas allows up to three dogs in a household. Beasley saw Daisy’s photo on Facebook and decided that she was the one.
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While vets estimate she weighs anywhere between 160 to 170 pounds, Beasley said it is impossible to know for sure since they would have a tough time carrying her to a scale. They also suspect that Daisy is a golden Labrador mix, but because obesity has distorted her body shape, they can’t be sure.
According to the Forgotten Pet Advocates rescue, Daisy had lived at a woman’s home for at least five years. Beasley suspected that the woman often opened her home to unwanted animals and, as such, was not able to control individual diets or take the dogs to see vets on regular occasions.
Beasley said that now, the woman has fallen ill and is asking nearby rescues to take in the animals.
But the transition from the long-term home to shelter to foster home has been rough on Daisy.
“Of all the dogs I’ve fostered in the last 15 years, I’ve never seen nor certainly had in my home a dog that was this far,” Beasley said.
Despite her size, Beasley said Daisy had hardly eaten since arriving to her home.
In the initial days, Daisy was clearly nervous, and the Forgotten Pet Advocates rescue ordered a crate to help her feel more comfortable.
Daisy is also suffering from a plethora of health problems, according to vet, Dr. Susan Pickle.
Pickle determined in an initial blood test that Daisy was suffering from hypothyroidism, the suspected cause of her obesity. They also started her on anti-inflammatory and pain medication, which they hope will help her become more mobile.
After only a week at the Beasley home, they have already began seeing a difference in her behavior, Beasley told IE.com.
Even though Daisy rarely left her crate in her early days at the foster home, she has now started taking brief walks around the home with the other dogs. She walks into the kitchen or follows family members around the home, in what Beasley considers a significant improvement from just a week ago.
However, even though Beasley said they expect to put Daisy on a diet and exercise regimen soon, for now, “we do not push anything.”
But the family has started encouraging her to move around more. Instead of going straight up to Daisy to pet her, they might sit across the room so she walks to them.
“We’re thrilled with her progress,” Beasley said.