Sometimes, the love we give our four-legged friends can have dire results on their health. But these dog weight loss journeys, documented by proud and steadfast owners on social media, are so remarkable that the dogs themselves look almost unrecognizable afterward! And in this dog-eat-dog world, their determination to quit being paunchy pooches shows that a little diet and exercise can go a long way.
1. Kai’s Dramatic 105-Pound Weight Loss
A year before Kai had his big weight loss journey, he was the biggest dog at the dog park. And while that certainly did not stop him from running around with the rest of the dogs, he was not exactly the fastest puppy. His parents wanted him to live a happier, faster, and more playful life. So they got to work.
One year later, Kai has dropped a dramatic 105 pounds. Now, he’s inspiring and motivating other dogs on the thicker side and their loving parents to get back to a healthy weight through uplifting messages on his Instagram. All of his fans can follow along with his weight loss journey.
2. Losing Weight, Gaining Personality
Sadie Cox was walking down the street when she saw what she assumed was a massive, 13-pound chihuahua on a walk. “He couldn’t even lift his leg to pee without wanting to topple over,” Cox told The Dodo. Cox approached his owner and offered to take Suki home. And luckily for Cox, the overwhelmed owner agreed!
From that moment, Cox’s goal was to bring Suki back to health. And after just six months, he lost 10 pounds. “As each pound came off, his personality really started to blossom. He slowly started coming out of his shell, and the growling stopped,” Cox said.
3. Not-So-Big Bertha
When Allison Hackett adopted a dog named Monica, she was a whopping 13 pounds. For scale, that’s double the size of what an average chihuahua should be. Hackett quickly took her home and gave her a new name: Bertha. But Big Bertha would not stay big for too much longer.
After consulting with a vet, Hackett put Bertha on a strict diet and began to walk her more regularly. Now, she’s down by more than 7 pounds, and has a whole new lease on life. This pup that once preferred to be carried around now can’t wait to roam free on her own.
4. Tyva Is 19 Pounds Down
On June 17, 2020, this pup named Tyva from British Columbia, Canada, got some great news. After years of hard work, this “little black bean”, as her parents call her, finally reached her goal weight. She had come a long way from where she was when she was adopted back in October 2019, and weighed 95 pounds.
“She was very overweight and could barely lean over to lick herself,” Tyva’s owner wrote on Instagram. “She’s been working really hard along her weight loss journey (diet and exercise)! She’s lost a pound a week and gained so much energy! We’re so proud of our little tank.”
5. An Internet-Famous Weight Loss Journey
It’s no surprise why Dennis the overweight dachshund’s weight loss journey has gained a hefty share of attention. It’s not everyday that we see a wiener dog who was once 56 pounds! That is what Brooke Burton thought when she saw her relative’s huge dog, and decided to bring him back home with her.
Up until that point, Dennis was on a wildly unhealthy diet that included White Castle burgers and pizza, and he was showing signs of depression. But that quickly changed. Now, Dennis is just an astounding 9 pounds. “After he lost weight, this bossy little man popped out,” Burton said. “He’s into everything, he wants to play with everybody.”
6. 150 Hooman Pounds!
What this dog lost in pounds it must have gained in ears. Lu-Seal was adopted when she weighed 16 pounds. “She was barely able to walk and had arthritis,” her new owner Julia Morley wrote. But after changing her diet and exercising more frequently, Lu-Seal dropped her weight to only 8 pounds.
“She’s lost a total of 6.5 pounds,” Morley wrote. “That’s like 150 human pounds!” Morley added a tip for dog weight loss: the key ingredient to success is patience. “Weight loss in dogs, just like in humans, takes time,” she said. “It’s a long and hard road, but it’s worth it!”
7. From Brown Bear To Barely There
When Shiloh the Labrador was first adopted, he was a pretty big fella — 146 pounds big, to be exact. But while he gained a whole new family when he was adopted, he was about to lose more than half of his weight. In just half a year, Shiloh lost 78 pounds, until he had slimmed down to a healthy 68-pound weight.
Shiloh’s incredible weight-loss transformation is definitely a show stopper. And while all those pounds are gone, there’s still some evidence of his heavier days. But his owners say that all that loose skin makes for some of the cutest little rolls.
8. Wolfgang Weight Loss World
When he found his forever home, Wolfgang the Beagle was barely able to walk. When he was adopted from Arizona Beagle Rescue, he was 90 pounds — in other words, that’s double the weight of a healthy beagle his age. But about a year later, Wolfgang was showing off his new 49 pound body to the world.
And when we say “the world” we don’t just mean a few family members. Almost 16,000 people follow this dog weight loss journey on Facebook as Wolfgang goes from “obese to beast”, as the profile states. Along the way, he is sharing inspiring stories from other good boys and girls who are also shedding pounds.
9. Noah’s Bark
Noah’s owners have been calling him Noah the Chubby Corgi since he was adopted back in April 2017. And the name was fitting, considering that this corgi weighed 75 pounds. But after a strict weight loss regimen, Noah was no longer a chubby corgi. He weighed just 50 pounds.
Noah (or, rather, his owner) shared his weight loss tricks online, writing in first person, “We went for two walks a day, measured my food rations, and I ate green beans and carrots as fat free snacks!” Now, Noah is a whole new dog. “I have since climbed mountains 700 feet tall and gone on 6 mile hikes without stopping.” We love to see it, Noah.
10. The Wrong Kind Of Love
The saying goes that sometimes the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. But when it comes to feeding our dogs, there is such a thing as showing too much love. That’s what happened with Obie, the 77-pound dachshund.
Obie was adopted by an elderly owner who was no longer able to play with him, and instead just constantly fed him treats and human food. But after he was taken home by a new family, who started him on a new diet and got him on a healthy exercise plan, this little guy lost 50 pounds. After his weight loss, he can finally keep up with any of the other canine cronies he has at home.
11. A Medical Miracle
At 126 pounds, Shiloh’s weight had gotten so out of hand that she needed to have surgery on her overworked knees. But to even get that surgery in the first place, Shiloh first needed to lose at least 60 pounds. And that required a lot of effort and consistency, considering that Shiloh was double the weight of a healthy dog when she was adopted.
So Shiloh got to work, and that meant no more table scraps, and many more walks. Soon enough, it paid off. She had only lost 30 pounds when she got good news: because she was losing so much weight, knee surgery might not even be necessary anymore. But that won’t stop her from trying to lose the additional 30 pounds.
12. A Good Boy On A Good Diet
This “certified goodest boy” named Zeus lives in Colorado and, like many of the state’s residents, enjoys taking a good hike. But that was not always the case. At his heaviest, Zeus weighed 107 pounds, and his owner knew that she had to make a change. Just 10 months later, Zeus had slimmed down to 82 pounds.
“Mom is so proud of you and of herself too for being strong enough to help you transform into this healthy pup,” his owner wrote on Instagram. “Should have taken care of this a long time ago. And loving doesn’t mean feeding you whatever you desire. You still beg for table scraps but we always find a healthier alternative for you.”
13. The Buddy System
Buddy’s weight loss journey began not with his owner, but with a helpful friend. One Reddit user wrote that after seeing her 90-year-old neighbor’s dog, she felt like she had to offer a helpful and healthy hand. “When I first met Buddy the poor guy could barely walk/waddle without getting out of breath,” she wrote.
“He hated the leash and refused to leave his owner’s side, so I had to carry him down the street and force him to walk back.” Six months later, Buddy is not only walking, he’s running. “Also I swear he is happy,” his new friend wrote. “He just looks grumpy!”
14. A New Type Of Lap Dog
This beagle went from barely being able to sit on laps to swimming laps in the pool. One Reddit user posted pictures of their dog’s weight loss journey from 49 pounds to a mere 27 pounds two years later. But how did this beagle manage to slim down?
First, his diet was changed to prescription dog food specifically designed for weight loss. “Other than food, I try to take him on two walks a day and we hike and swim,” the owner wrote. “I get in the pool or the lake with him and we swim back to the shores or steps.”
15. A Couch Potato
This senior pug and former couch potato is aptly named Potato, in part because he likes to lay around all day, and in part because he once weighed a massively disproportionate 33.4 pounds. But all those pounds meant that there was so much more to love, at least for a woman named Neda who adopted him at a Los Angeles dog shelter.
As soon as she saw that round little pug mix, she knew she had to rescue him. “She knew this gentle, old dog deserved a second chance,” the president of the no-kill shelter told People Magazine. “The rest is history.” Now, Potato weighs in at a healthier 25.4 pounds.
16. 10 Months, 20 Pounds
It is hard to believe that this is even the same dog. But it’s true. This Rhodesian ridgeback-rottweiler mix from Sweden named Shiva lost over 20 pounds in about 10 months after she was adopted from her local shelter. And anyone who wants to see similar results can follow a few of her tricks.
According to Instagram, her owners put her on a grain-free dog food and mixed it with fresh meat in order to cut back on dry food. All of her treats were switched out for carrots and cucumbers instead, which her owners said she enjoyed just as much.
17. Fresh As A Daisy
The ideal weight for a female Pembroke Welsh corgi is about 25 pounds. So the fact that this overweight corgi named Daisy was able to get to a scale-tipping 40 pounds is pretty alarming. And once she hit that mark, her owner knew it was time to try to slim down.
After some diet and exercise, Daisy was able to lose almost half of her body weight — dropping from 40 pounds to 22 pounds. Now, instead of being a bigger dog, she’s actually on the smaller side. Now she looks thinner than ever, not to mention younger than ever. Benjamin Button, is that you?
18. Some “Doggie Gym” Results
Despite having the rather healthy name of Kale Chips, this 8 year-old dog was 86 pounds when he was first rescued. He was so round that he was barely able to walk. But after years of living with a woman who suffered from amnesia and overfed this poor pup, Kale Chips was rescued by the owners of a dog treats bakery in Chicago.
Now, Kale Chips is, we’d guess, probably one of the only relatives of a baker who has managed to lose weight. He’s dropped 41 pounds and can walk, run, and chase squirrels. All it took was a new diet, a ton of exercise, and a membership at something called a “doggie gym”.
19. Her Own Personal Trainer
Squishy had packed on the pounds before she was adopted. And luckily for her, her new best human friend also just so happened to be a personal trainer. While this new owner was, admittedly, used to coming up with training programs for humans, he decided to try to do the same thing with his pooch, enacting a dog weight loss regimen. And it worked!
“This fat dog just kept following me everywhere,” her owner, Jimmy, said of the day he adopted her. After he brought her home, he put her on a diet plan and monitored her walking habits. Just a few months later, and Squishy wasn’t so squishy anymore.
20. Skinny Vinnie’s Journey
It is the dramatic transformation from “Fat Vincent” to “Skinny Vinnie” that has us stopping in our tracks. And it all started when Vinnie was put in a foster home by a dog rescue organization in Houston. At the time, this 9-year-old puppy was considered morbidly obese at 38 pounds.
But his foster mom was determined to get Vinnie to a healthy weight. “It took about three or four months, but we went from walking five minutes a day to about an hour,” his foster mother told People Magazine. Through the experience, Vinnie bonded so much with his new family that his foster home became his forever home, and now he’s officially part of the tribe.
21. Getting Fit For Chasing Squirrels
Luna was just a 2-year-old puppy when she was adopted by her new forever family, and even at such a young age she was already considered to be extremely overweight. “She was totally a cutie [when she was] fat,” her owner wrote on Reddit, but it was apparently difficult to watch her struggle to run and play at the dog park.
Now, she’s down 10 pounds. “She’s still a cutie, but she’s happy…and fast too!” her owner wrote. Luna’s weight loss tricks? It all boils down to good old-fashioned dieting, switching up her dog food, and a whole lot of exercise. “I tell you what, a little exercise goes a long way!” Luna’s owner wrote.
22. Reba FatEntire
Reba the dog was having a little bit of trouble with her weight. Her owners called her “Reba FatEntire” and “Reba SnackEntire” as a joke, but they knew her health was really no laughing matter. Two years after she was adopted, she lost more than half her body weight. “She’s lost an McEntire Reba!” one Reddit user quipped.
Like all other dogs, Reba’s weight loss required a lot of exercise and a change of diet. But Reba’s was a bit more specific than most. Her owners say they replaced half of her dog food portions with equal parts green beans. “We did fresh and we also did canned, she loved them both ways,” her owners said.
23. A Two-For-One Special
It is always beneficial to have a workout buddy for inspiration and motivation. Just ask Scarlet and Simba, two corgis who are not only “full of sass and love”, according to Instagram, but who are also on a weight loss journey together thanks to the help of their shared human.
After changing both of their diets and putting both on a walk-heavy exercise plan, both of these corgis have really slimmed down. Scarlet, the brown and white corgi, lost an enviable 5 pounds in just 7 short months, while Simba, the black and white corgi, lost an entire 7 pounds. Now that is some great teamwork.
24. A New Leash On Life
While many dog weight loss journeys begin after a pup has gained weight in a shelter, this story is a bit different. Ruby was adopted in 2015 and was extremely underweight. “My mom overcorrected and showed her love with food,” one Reddit user wrote. All that love made her put on a ton of weight, 24.2 pounds.
After her owner passed away, Ruby was taken to another family member’s home — until Ruby had a health scare of her own. “[The vet] told us she obviously needed to lose weight,” her new owner wrote. “As she took the meds, ate less, and moved more, she lost the weight and is a happy, active girl at 13 years old.”
25. Lulu Loses The Weight
This little border collie mix came to her forever home from the shelter with a whole lot of belly fat. But after just a year at home, she looked like an entirely different dog. And it’s not just her appearance that has her owners doing a double take; her entire personality has apparently changed, too.
“[She’s] changed from a quiet, anxious, fat dog to one that is currently spying and barking out the window at the postman,” her owner wrote in an Instagram post. Her weight loss journey was so inspiring that she was even named the Dog of the Year by her local vet.
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