World's Fattest Dachshund, Obie Starts Weight Loss Program - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Studies from recent years claim that obesity is becoming an epidemic across the United States. And that seems to apply to pets as well.
Take Obie, a very large, male dachshund that weighs in at 77 pounds. His new owner, Nora Vanatta recently adopted him and has set up a Facebook page to help Obie achieve weight loss success. But, it may not be an easy task as the 5-year-old pooch needs to lose between 30 and 40 pounds to be considered healthy.
The Facebook page is titled ‘Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition’ and Vanatta is hoping to raise money to help with the dog's costly fitness and dietary plan. Obie will not be able to exercise until some pounds are shed, so in the meantime he is undergoing hydrotherapy and is on a tailored diet.
Earlier this year, another obese dog had a Facebook page set up. Mabel is a beagle mix, initially weighing a hefty 67 pounds. The massive dog was accepted into a weight reduction rehabilitation program and fans were able to watch her progress.