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A couple of months ago, a walk around the block for 4 1/2 year old Moglie was impossible.

Katie Williams, dog owner, "He just had terrible cord swelling and they thought he was not going to improve."

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

Dr. Brittney Barton oversees the rehabilitative therapy for her furry patients. Her work helped the Yorkie-Shizu mix get back on his feet.

Dr. Brittney Barton, veterinarian, "We can adjust the speed, we can even kind of mix it up a bit but in some exercise balls in and do some very specialized exercises."

During a treatment session patients will spend anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes on the treadmill.   However not all of her patients are recovering from injuries.

You may remember "Skinny" the cat. Last year, the tabby garnered national and international headlines after being rescued weighing a hefty 41-pounds.

Now he's gets in daily aquatic walk. His top speed - one mile an hour.

Dr. Brittney Barton, veterinarian, "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"

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

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