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Exceptional Veterinary Rehabilitation Care for Pets

Why Lean Dogs & Cats Enjoy a Better Quality of Life

weight management in pets

Did you know an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese? Being overweight by even 10% can be the difference between a pet enjoying everyday comfort or being in daily discomfort or pain. Extra weight exacerbates joint or arthritis conditions. Some pets can avoid an expensive surgery and difficult recovery from surgery simply by losing weight.

Committed to the quality of your pet's life, we can assist him or her to reach a healthy weight. Just like with people, controlled exercise along with a regulated diet is the most proven method of weight management.

How We Help to Manage Weight

VRCC helps dogs lose weight with hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercises. Dogs (and even some compliant cats) will move more readily supported by water, free of the need to bear the excess pounds.

Avoid the Health Risks Associated with Excess Weight

The risks posed by excess weight are serious. In addition to the soft tissue and orthopedic injuries and osteoarthritis we see every day at VRCC, there are a number of other risks:

  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart and respiratory disease
  • Heat or exercise intolerance
  • Kidney disease
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Dermatological problems affecting skin, hair, and coat
  • Compromised immune function
  • Increased surgical and anesthetic risks
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Contact us to learn how we can help to successfully incorporate exercise into your pet's life.

"On several occasions, Dr. Hammel administered acupuncture to help Stone, our aging Black Lab. He was like a babe in her arms and the relaxing effects of the procedure seemed to help his mobility. It was a spa treatment for him with healthful results. " – Chris S.
"When Gracie had her hip surgery, the surgeon referred me to Dr. Hammel for physical rehabilitation to speed her recovery. She steadily improved and now plays just as hard as our puppy! I think she misses her rehab sessions though!" – Patrick H.
"Cody, our 12-year-old German Shepherd, has osteoarthritis and difficulty walking. He has been coming to VRCC for physical rehab and it is helping him tremendously. He feels better, has started playing again, and is now able to go for walks. Cody loves his rehab sessions, especially the underwater treadmill!" – Becca P.
"You can tell that Dr. Hammel cares about each pet and treats them as if they are her own. My dog always feels right at home with VRCC and I love the excellent care she receives there!" – Missy S.

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