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Surgery postponed for Britain’s largest dog

     Samson — the biggest dog in all of Britain — has been put on a crash diet after vets decided he was too heavy to undergo a life-saving operation.
    Public donations have poured in to help Samson — who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall on his hind legs — get the operation, but his vets say because of his weight (280 pounds) he would not recover properly, and might never walk again were the surgery to take place now.
     Samson, a Great Dane-Newfoundland mix, has a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left hind leg.
     His owners Ray and Julie Woods, from Wyberton, Lincolnshire, say the four-year-old dog will begin a regimen of dieting, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in an attempt to get his weight down.
     “The operation is on hold for the time being,” said Mrs. Woods, “but we have been told that there is a 90 per cent chance that he will need it in the next six months.”


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time November 6, 2008 at 1:21 pm

This is such a good argument for keeping your dog–of whatever size–at a good weight by not overfeeding and by getting enough exercise. I’m able to watch the dog’s weight an awful lot better than I watch my own. The result is that while he’s the dog equivalent of about ten years older than I am, he’s in a lot better shape. Let’s hope Samson is able to trim down so he can have his operation.