Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in companion animals. An estimated 54 percent of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. There are numerous health consequences associated with obesity including:
- Osteoarthritis (arthritis in the joints)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Heart and cardiorespiratory disease
- Cranial cruciate ligament injury
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased blood pressure
- Decreased lifespan
Controlling food intake can have a profound impact on the management and prevention of obesity-related disorders, specifically osteoarthritis. A 14-year-long study conducted by Nestle Purina researchers demonstrated that dogs fed to an ideal body condition lived almost two years longer, were healthier and showed a significantly decreased onset of chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis, compared to overweight dogs. Another study demonstrated that a customized physical activity program for dogs using an underwater treadmill in combination with dietary changes had significant benefits over dietary changes alone.
Helping our pets achieve ideal body condition speeds recovery, prevents injury, increases lifespan and enhances quality of life. Physical therapy and targeted nutrition are critical components of a multimodal approach to health and longevity.
Thanks to a generous donation from Nestle Purina, our MU Renew Animal Clinic offers unique treatment options for companion animals by tailoring physical therapy with optimal nutrition. By introducing one of the first specialty rehabilitation and nutrition clinics in North America, our team is dedicated to providing exceptional care for your pet and preventing companion animal obesity. We offer packaged plans that are individually tailored for both inpatient and outpatient services. Your pet will be cared for by a veterinary clinical nutritionist and a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner.
Our clinic houses a fully equipped rehabilitation center that includes a dedicated ward with an underwater treadmill, low-level laser therapy, an electrical stimulation unit, a cold-compression unit, Cavaletti rails, balance boards and physio-balls. We also have direct access to an on-site nutrition lab with modern technologies for diet analysis and formulation. Our clinic is available for internal referrals (neurology, surgery, internal medicine) as well as external referrals from the local veterinary community.
If you have any questions or wish to receive additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.