Cox took Suki to see a vet as soon as possible, and she put him on prescription weight management food, as well as a medication to help with his joint pain to make it easier for him to move around. The vet recommended that Suki take two 20-minute walks every day — but in the beginning, that proved to be nearly impossible.
“Suki literally couldn't make it one minute without panting and having to sit and rest,” Cox said. “So we started at one, one-minute walk a day, and built up a minute at a time. He was scared of the world and of leaving the house. Everything in the outside world scared him. Flowers, rocks on the ground, bushes, weeds, cars, everything seemed new and frightening.”