A 2014 study found that an estimated 52.7% of US dogs are overweight or obese, and an estimated 57.9% of US cats are overweight or obese. These pets are at risk for joint pain and arthritis as well as other medical conditions such as diabetes.
For pets struggling with losing weight, the Rehabilitation Department at PAWS can create a weight loss program including appropriate nutrition while dieting, underwater treadmill exercise, and a home exercise program to help achieve weight loss goals.
The underwater treadmill is instrumental in facilitating weight loss through cardio while simultaneously alleviating pressure on the joints and spine thus allowing exercise safely and confidently for our companions. Additionally, the dedicated physical therapy staff at PAWS excels at challenging our canine athletes through individualized strengthening and core conditioning programs to help athletes perform at their peak.