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Health Check: Treadmill for pets

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A couple of months ago, a walk around the block for Moglie, a Yorkie-shih tzu mix, was impossible.

"He just had terrible cord swelling, and they actually thought he was not going to improve," said Katie Williams, Moglie's owner.

A specialized water treadmill is being used by veterinarians to help rehabilitate dogs and cats.

"It's kind of like a Cadillac. It's a very specialized piece of equipment, so it has a very long bed treadmill," said Dr. Brittney Barton, a veterinarian.

Barton oversees the rehabilitative therapy for her furry patients. Her work helped Moglie get back on his feet.

"We can adjust the speed. We can even kind of mix it up a bit and put some exercise balls in and do some very specialized exercises," Barton said.

During a treatment session patients will spend anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes on the treadmill.

But not all of Barton's patients are recovering from injuries.

Skinny the cat garnered national and international headlines last year after being rescued. He weighed a hefty 41 pounds.

Now he's gets in a daily aquatic walk. His top speed is 1 mph.

"He gets baths every week to help with his hygiene. So, it was kind of natural to try him in the treadmill and he does phenomenally well," Barton said.

Skinny lost more than 10 pounds, serving as an example that if a cat can shed the pounds, people can too.

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