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Mabel the Dog

6:01 PM, Jan 18, 2012   |    comments
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About a month ago, Young-Williams Animal Center ended up with a cute beagle mix....a 67 pound beagle mix. The average adult weight for a dog like that is between 22 and 25 pounds.

A veterinarian at Young-Williams decided the best option for the dog was to bring her to the University of Tennessee Veterinary School.

"...this dog might do great, knowing about our weight loss, underwater treadmill program that we have here called Fat Camp," recalled Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Marti Drum.

Angela Witzel, a veterinary nutritionist at the Center, immediately fell in love with the pooch and gave her the name Mabel.

"She was actually the fattest dog I have ever seen. And I'm a nutritionist. I've done a lot of research studies with obesity and obese dogs. And she was just amazing. Jaw dropping-ly overweight and obese."

With grants secured, Mabel entered a weight loss rehabilitation program. Twice a day, three days a week, Mabel gets loaded into a specialty underwater treadmill. She walks for three minutes, rests for two, and so on.

Angela hopes that Mabel can lose 40 pounds in about 9 months and be able to jog 5 miles.You can follow her progress on Facebook. Channel 10 will be checking in periodically as well.

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