* Diabetic dog recovers from starvation, needs home

Source: visaliatimesdelta.com

Teresa Douglass, tdouglass@visaliatimesdelta.com
9:08 p.m. PDT     July 16, 2015


German Shepherd recovers from starvation, ready for adoption at Visalia Animal Care Center.

Leo was dropped off at the Valley Oak SPCA at the end of March by a good Samaritan. This German Shepherd mix only weighed 25 pounds. Now, at 70 pounds, he's available for adoption by a special person. He has diabetes and requires an injection of insulin twice a day. (Photo: Submitted)

Leo was dropped off at the Valley Oak SPCA at the end of March by a good Samaritan. This German Shepherd mix only weighed 25 pounds. Now, at 70 pounds, he’s available for adoption by a special person. He has diabetes and requires an injection of insulin twice a day.
(Photo: Submitted)


When Leo was dropped off at the Valley Oak SPCA by a Good Samaritan at the end of March, he was just skin and bones.

This full-grown German shepherd weighed only 25 pounds and had trouble standing up, said Lydia House, shelter manager.

“He was the most emaciated I’ve ever seen a dog before,” she said.

She took him to the vet and fostered him at her home along with two other dogs, a mother cat with kittens, teenagers and small children.

Even though he had suffered so much, he never turned on her or anyone else that she knows of.

“His love for everyone is infectious,” she said. “That’s what got me the first day I saw him.”

His story moves her, she said, because of what he went through and he still has love in his heart.

After about a week and a half, she noticed he drank a lot of water and urinated often. She took him to Companion Animal to check his blood sugar level. Turns out he has diabetes.

It took a while to adjust his insulin to the right level but now that he weighs 70 pounds, he’s ready to be adopted, she said.

He gets 12 units of insulin twice a day using a needle and syringe subcutaneously with breakfast and lunch. Good quality dog food is recommended without a lot of filler ingredients and corn. [Read the full article….]

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