When a beagle named Honey was brought to the Niagara SPCA, she was in very bad shape. The beagle was so overweight that she could barely walk—and for that reason, her owner was surrendering her so she could be euthanized. The shelter refused, but they did take Honey into their facility. Honey was still young for her breed and the staff knew she could be helped. So, they took her to the veterinarian where it was determined that Honey has a thyroid problem. The vet put her on medication which helped her to lose the first five pounds, but there was definitely more work to be done.
Honey’s previous owner had dementia, and she often forgot if she had fed Honey or not, so she got plenty of extra meals. That caused Honey to weigh 68 pounds; a beagle around her age should typically only weigh 20 pounds. Because it was such a struggle for Honey to walk, the staff began to work with her in a small pool to help her get moving. A few times a week, she would walk in the pool which helped to take the stress off of her joints. After many months of work, Honey finally took to the water and lost almost 20 pounds.
Then, she went home with a volunteer named Sue Cable who worked with her on walking outside the pool and even with further hydrotherapy sessions to help with Honey’s torn ligaments from her previous weight. Honey has continued to make incredible progress, now down 38 pounds—which is half her original weight! Not only is Honey looking better as she drops the pounds, but it’s quite clear that she feels better too. Sue says Honey is much more playful and happy now and is ready for someone to adopt her into their home.