Read more about valuable information about your pets nutrition here.  This site is authored by Jennifer Coates DVM.  Numerous topics are covered including food allergies, raw diets, and poisons and toxins.  Not just for dogs, but for cats and even birds.  There is current, reliable information about pet food recalls.

 

 

Listen to this podcast by the American Veterinarian Medical Association on Fat Cats and Pudgy Pooches.  Ernie Ward DVM is interviewed.  Dr. Ward is the author of Chowhounds and is the founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP).  He discusses the results of a national survey of the number of overweight and obese pets.  Find out about “fat pet gap” and whether you might be underestimating your pet’s Body Condition Score (BCS).  Dr. Ward stresses the dangers of obesity and offers practical advise about diet and exercise- the two things that K9 Swim & Trim is here to help you with!

Check out this video from the American Veterinarian Medical Association about Obesity and Your Pet.  This video supports K9 Swim & Trim’s philosophy that there is no one size fits all approach to dealing with obesity in pets.  Weight loss is a team goal with you,  your vet and us all working together to improve the quality and quantity of your pet’s life.

Check out this video from ABC Nightline about Doggy Fat Camp Video.  This is the 5:17 that launched the idea for K9 Swim& Trim!  Watch this and see if you don’t find yourself smiling at those happy, tail wagging, fat dogs!  The pool especially caught my eye.  I love water and swimming.  An in ground pool like the Morris Animal Inn’s would be a dream come true, but the more I researched, the more I was sold on an above ground pool with swim current.  The harness tethers you see in the video aren’t necessary when your dog is swimming in place against current!  Another difference is that you will see me in the pool with your dog, not staying dry on the deck.  The Fit Fur Life treadmill caught my eye too and after research, I discovered it was considered the Rolls Royce of animal treadmills.  If you have ever seen other dog treadmills, the difference is immediately clear.  The results after 2 weeks of doggy fat camp were impressive.  The owners were pleased, the dogs were more active and seemed comfortable with the new forms of exercise.  I was inspired!  I discovered there wasn’t a facility like The Morris Animal Inn in the Chicago suburbs.  I looked at the area pools for dogs that existed and found that the emphasis was on therapy for dogs after surgery or dogs with mobility issues.  What about the 52% of dogs who are overweight or the dogs who are fit and would like a “gym” to work out in?  The pools were mostly appointment only also.  I thought more dogs could take advantage of swimming or treadmill exercise if it was more convenient for the owner.  That’s when I started looking for a dog daycare with some extra space.  The Dog Spot was 8,000 SF and the owner, Lisa Dwyer, was eager to add new services to her clients.  K9 Swim & Trim, Inc. was officially born May 2013.  Come visit us if this video inspires you too!