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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could eat whatever
we wanted, as much as we wanted, and
never gain an ounce? Most of us have made
this wish at least a time or two. As it turns out,
i t may not be as much fun as it sounds.
Just ask Leigh, a beautiful eight-year-old Boxer
with the face of an angel and personality to
match. When she arrived at The Animal Care
Society on a cold day in February she was nothing
but skin and bones. We immediately fed her
and she wolfed a bowl of food down like she
was starving; and, in fact, she was. Our initial
assumption was that she’d been on her own
and without food for an extended period of
time. We believed that with regular meals, she’d get right back to a
normal weight. Leigh’s problem, however, was much more insidious.
Most people are familiar with the role the pancreas plays in regulating blood
sugar by secreting insulin. This process is known as its endocrine function.
of the food she takes in.
In addition to her obvious skin-andbones
appearance, Leigh was also
plagued with chronic diarrhea and anemia.
Her inability to absorb nutrients
drove her to try to retrieve nourishment
she was losing by eating her own stool.
Poor Leigh was a bit of a mess.
Leigh’s condition began to improve. She
received a series of B12 injections to
tablets were given before meals, then
changed to a powder formulation when it seemed her progress was slow. Her
dog food was changed to a brand she ate with gusto. Slowly, she began to
gain weight and luster began to return to her coat. It was cause for rejoicing
when Leigh started having solid bowel movements. In June, the vet declared
her well enough to withstand surgery and Leigh was spayed in anticipation of
months ago, some things about Leigh have stayed the same: her alert, ani-
“What do you want me to do, Boss?” And, of course, the happy wiggle of her
short little Boxer tail.
Although her condition will need to be managed for the rest of her life, Leigh
is full of life… and bouncy, unconditional love.
Animal Care Society