Healthy Weight Management Program

The Ohio State University Veterinary Primary Care Service offers weight management services for dogs and cats with weight-related health problems. The goal of our healthy weight program is to help clients achieve a healthy weight for their pet. The most successful outcomes result from combining follow up (e.g. visits, weigh-ins, and phone consultations) and ongoing communication. We offer both pay-as-you-go and package programs to meet different client/patient needs.

Services include the following:

  • Initial Doctor and technician evaluation includes: complete physical exam, extended environmental history, evaluation of current dietary intake, therapy recommendations, and lab evaluation as indicated.
  • Follow-up consultations by phone and office visit.
  • Take home packet including: weight management information, at-home environmental enrichment, and expected goals/progress for each pet.

You can also visit the Nutritional Support Services page to determine your pets body condition score, learn how to interpret the labeling on pet food, learn how to compare diets and to select an appropriate pet food for your companion.

Physical therapy is a service we offer for treatment of osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and old musculoskeletal injuries. Animals can also enroll in sessions on the water treadmill as a part of a weight loss regimen. The Physical therapy department offers a water treadmill, massage therapy, electrostimulation of muscles and laser treatments. Please visit their web site to learn more.