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Initial Evaluation
Progress Evaluations
Range of Motion Exercises - (Stretching)
Bracing - Splints
Massage - Soft Tissue Mobilization
Joint Evaluation and Mobilizing
Underwater Treadmill
Geriatric Rehabilitation
Aquatic Therapy
Low Level Laser
Weight Control
Wound Care


Weight Control and Treatment

Did you know that the following problems are linked to obesity in dogs?

  • Diabetes

  • Cardiac disease

  • Musculoskeletal disease

  • Early onset arthritis

  • Pulmonary disease

  • Decreased Life Span

We can help your full-figured dog by providing a safe means of exercise to compliment whatever nutritional and medical care your dog is already receiving.

Primary means of exercise initially is hydrotherapy so that your dog can exercise without added joint stress secondary to obesity.  The program is monitored to your dog's tolerance.  As he begins to shed the pounds, other exercises can be added for variety and fun as well as increasing his cardiac workout.

It is important to accept that there is no magic cure involved. 

It takes DIET and EXERCISE.

We recommend a nutritional consult with your vet, an orthopedic evaluation and then therapeutic exercise 3-5 days/week initially (some of this exercise can be walks with the owner if possible).  Your dog should be weighed once a week. Punch cards are available.


The fat and happy approach
Dogs love to eat, and because they so obviously enjoy their food, it is fun to feed them. We know overweight dogs don't live as long, but dogs don't worry about the future anyway. Why not let your dog live a shorter, more contented life? This is a reasonable approach, and you may decide to let your dog be fat and happy.

As he gains more weight, the fat and happy dog will become less active. As middle age approaches, lameness problems usually make it difficult to move around. There will be a greater likelihood of diabetes, respiratory problems, heart trouble and other diseases.

The lean and lively approach
The lean and lively dog may not be quite as well satisfied at mealtime, but as he ages your dog will continue to be interested in the world around him. He will enjoy running and playing well into old age.

Although the "lean and lively" approach may be better for the dog, it is harder on the owner. Food must usually be given in measured amounts, divided into two meals a day. If your dog has been over-fed and suddenly finds himself on a diet, you can expect complaints. .

Divide the recommended amount of food into at least two feedings per day. Decide on a regular feeding schedule and give a measured amount of dog food each time. Do not give treats. Instead, divide your dog's recommended amount of food into smaller servings. At times when he usually expects a treat, feed a small meal instead. Keep your dog out of the room when food is being prepared or eaten.

Provide a brisk 10 to 15 minute walk twice a day. This helps burn calories, tends to reduce the appetite, and gives your dog something to look forward to besides eating.

Choosing a food
Reduced calorie diets such as Purina Fit and Trim are excellent for weight maintenance and for gradual weight loss, but unsuitable for an aggressive weight loss program. To accomplish more rapid weight loss, use a food intended specifically for that purpose, such as Purina's Obesity Management Formula.

What if my dog won't eat the new food?
Most overweight dogs got that way by eating a good tasting diet high in fat and calories. Unfortunately, healthy foods don't taste as good as fattening foods. A dog that has been on a rich diet won't really start to get hungry for a day or two. Try not to worry about it. Although this is not true for cats or people, fat but otherwise healthy dogs can safely go weeks without food.

Home management
Weigh your dog every week. If he is gradually losing weight, hang in there. If not, reduce the food. When he has lost enough weight, you can increase the food a little.

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Placerville Veterinary Clinic of California


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