National Feed a Rescue Pet Week

Chihuahua Abandoned Because Of Her Weight, Started A Diet And Found A Loving Home

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This Chihuahua, now named Lu-Seal, was abandoned at nine years old because of her weight.

She was obese, weighing a whopping 16 pounds, and was unable to walk due to arthritis and torn ligaments in her knee. The ideal weight for a Chihuahua is normally around eight pounds.

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She eventually ended up at shelter where staff started her on a weight loss plan. It didn’t take long before she found a forever home! Her new mom, Julia, fell in love with Lu-Seal the moment she laid eyes on her. She was also determined to help her lose the weight to get back to a healthy size.

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instagram/lusealdog

Lu-Seal continues to be on a strict diet, where she eats only 250 calories a day. The vet has given her medication to help her arthritis so that she’s able to exercise. She has already lost over six pounds in just eight months! She is finally the size of an average Chihuahua, weighing nine pounds, but her owner’s goal is to get her to eight.

instagram/lusealdog

instagram/lusealdog

Lu-Seal is not only healthier now but she’s also happier! She’s loving her new life and even enjoys going for mile walks without getting tired!

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instagram/lusealdog

“Weight loss in dogs, just like in humans, takes time. It’s a long and hard road, but it’s worth it!” Julia told DailyMail. Lu-Seal’s weight loss journey has been an incredible one, and her mom Julia has been by her side through it all.

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instagram/lusealdog

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.