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Emaciated Doberman Weighs 50 Pounds When Rescued

Investigator comforts emaciated Doberman

(January 19, 2022)

This emaciated Doberman was rescued by a cruelty investigator as a stray attached to a cruelty case. Once he arrived on our campus, he was closely evaluated by our veterinary team.

He was weighed at just 50 pounds. The ideal weight for a male Doberman is double that figure, between 80 and 90 pounds. He was also suffering from an untreated eye injury.

Now, he’ll be fed a nourishing diet to help him gain healthy weight and will receive badly needed quality veterinary care.

Animals described as emaciated have clearly visible ribs and spine. It takes quite a bit of time and a chronic lack of caloric intake and slow starvation to achieve such a low body condition score. Therefore, it’s critical to provide proper nutrition and diet to care for your pet’s health and keep them at a healthy weight. Be sure to follow veterinarian recommendations for serving size for your pet. Also, there are instructions on the back of your pet food bad with suggestions for your pet’s size.

If you notice an animal in poor body condition, please don’t wait to report animal cruelty to the Houston SPCA. Call 713-869-7722 or file a report online.

Emaciated Doberman arrives at Houston SPCA for veterinary exam

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