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Articles by Donald A. Hulse, DVM, DACVS

Donald A. Hulse, DVM, DACVS


College of Veterinary Medicine Texas A&M University College Station, Texas

Weight loss increases ground reactive force in overweight dogs with osteoarthritis
October 1, 2004

A comprehensive weight-loss program that returns overweight dogs to optimal body weight and body condition can improve osteoarthritic dogs' ability to move more normally. In a study conducted at Texas A&M University, moderately overweight to obese dogs lost weight through a combination of a weight-management diet and increased exercise. Based on force-plate gait analysis, the dogs exerted significantly more force on each limb and moved more quickly. The abstract below, published in the proceedings of the 2000 Purina Nutrition Forum, provides additional details.

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