Vets confounded by rescued Great Dane who cannot put on weight despite eating mounds of tripe

Vets confounded by rescued Great Dane who cannot put on weight despite eating mounds of tripe

Vets confounded by rescued Great Dane who cannot put on weight despite eating mounds of tripe

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

MEET Great Dane George — who is not feeling so great at the moment. 

For the rescue dog is nearly five stones underweight — despite scoffing mounds of tripe and special dog food every day. 

Now his rescuers — Emma and Steven Bradley — hope vets will carry out x-rays to find out why the loveable mutt is not piling on the pounds. 

The 18-month-old pedigree has so far confounded pet medics — because although he has been well fed since his rescue, he is still failing to put on weight.

George is currently about eight stones — but Great Danes his age should normally weigh closer to 13 stones. 

The Bradleys, who run the Molly Moonshines dog care centre, travelled to Warwickshire to pick up George, who had been put into kennels after his original owner could not afford to keep him. 

The couple have now arranged a weekend of fundraising events to help pay for his treatment. 

Mrs Bradley, a former pupil of St Joseph’s High School in Horwich, said: “He has such a wonderful nature. I can’t understand why anyone would give him up. 

“Our target figure is £500, so we can start by getting x-rays to try to find out why he can’t put weight on. 

“We already know he has a leaking heart valve, but that is manageable. The weight loss is the major problem. 

“He has put on one kilo since we got him, but it is not enough. 

“But his appetite is slowly improving and we are hoping it will continue to get better.” 

A full programme of events has been arranged this weekend at Molly Moonshines, next to Worsley Garden Centre, in Leigh Road. 

There will be a special dog park tomorrow (Saturday), inviting owners to walk and socialise their dogs and contribute £3. 

At 10am small and toy breeds will play together before 11.15am when energetic small to medium breeds will be accommodated. 

At noon it is the turn of energetic medium to large breeds of dog. 

On Sunday there is a fun day starting at 11am. There will be a bouncy castle, tombola, a lucky dip and naming of a five foot high teddy bear. 

There will also be dog show with 11 classes for different types of dog. 

SIX GREAT FACTS ABOUT GREAT DANES

The Great Dane is a German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size.

The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge meaning German mastiff.

They are known for their huge bodies and great height. 

The Great Dane is one of the world's tallest dog breeds. 

The current world record holder measures 112cm from paw to shoulder.

Male Great Danes can often weigh upwards of 14 stones.

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12:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

This story is a huge mound of tripe.
This story is a huge mound of tripe. Donkey Stone
  • Score: -6

1:08pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Who would get a Pet then give it up.

Its irresponsible to get an animal you cant afford to keep.



Glad it's in Good Hands now.
Who would get a Pet then give it up. Its irresponsible to get an animal you cant afford to keep. Glad it's in Good Hands now. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 8

1:38pm Fri 22 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Good luck to George in piling on the pounds. Let's hope the vets find out why he's not his correct weight.
Good luck to George in piling on the pounds. Let's hope the vets find out why he's not his correct weight. wsw69
  • Score: 17

4:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
Who would get a Pet then give it up.

Its irresponsible to get an animal you cant afford to keep.



Glad it's in Good Hands now.
What would you rather them do other than give the dog up, surely that was the responsible thing ?
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: Who would get a Pet then give it up. Its irresponsible to get an animal you cant afford to keep. Glad it's in Good Hands now.[/p][/quote]What would you rather them do other than give the dog up, surely that was the responsible thing ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 7

5:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

The Priceshagger says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
Who would get a Pet then give it up.

Its irresponsible to get an animal you cant afford to keep.



Glad it's in Good Hands now.
peoples circumstances change, and we are not privvy to why those who have given up this lovely hound have done so. they have done the right thing.

'glad it's in good hands now' - were you saying it possibly wasn't in good hands previously?
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: Who would get a Pet then give it up. Its irresponsible to get an animal you cant afford to keep. Glad it's in Good Hands now.[/p][/quote]peoples circumstances change, and we are not privvy to why those who have given up this lovely hound have done so. they have done the right thing. 'glad it's in good hands now' - were you saying it possibly wasn't in good hands previously? The Priceshagger
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Fri 22 Aug 14

smw2012 says...

Possibly a thyroid problem?
Possibly a thyroid problem? smw2012
  • Score: 3

10:45am Mon 25 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Tripe And Rhubarb Are My Two Worst Foods. A Nice Piece Rump Steak Thatle Do The Dog.
Tripe And Rhubarb Are My Two Worst Foods. A Nice Piece Rump Steak Thatle Do The Dog. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1
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