2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Countryside Animal Hospital

2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Office Hours

Mon: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tue: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Thu: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30am- 1:00pm

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502-222-4663

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Pet Obesity

We are constantly being told that obesity levels are increasing and we should act now to ensure our long term health. However this problem does not just affect humans. A shocking statistic from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention states that an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.
(Source: Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 2015)

Just like humans, pets who are overweight are at increased risk of a number of health problems including but not limited to:

  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury
  • Decreased life expectancy by up to 2.5 years
  • Heart and respiratory disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Varying forms of cancer

How can I tell if my pet is overweight?

There are several methods that you can use to determine if your pet may be overweight or obese. These are simple physical checks that you can do in your own home.

Dogs and cats should be hourglass shaped with a clear taper at their waist. Overweight animals do not have this taper and appear more oval or egg shaped.

In a pet of a healthy weight you should be able to feel, but not see, their ribs. Visible ribs are indicative of an underweight animal. If you place your hands on either side of your pets chest and still cannot see their ribs then they are very likely to be overweight.

Animals do not usually reach major levels of obesity until they are at least 7 years old, but when they do they have noticeably large amounts of hip and neck fat, and a very large and round abdomen.

Veterinarians are also able to determine your pets’ Body Fat Index by taking a number of different measurements, and then will be able to advise you if it is within healthy parameters.

If you are at all concerned about the weight of your pet then contact your veterinarian to make an appointment to determine if your pet would benefit from a specifically tailored weight loss program.

Treatment

Just like their human friends, the key to combating obesity in pets is to decrease the number of calories being eaten and increase the amount of exercise taken. Many guidelines suggest that food is automatically reduced by 25%, however we recommend that you speak to your veterinarian who will consider your pets breed, age and general health before recommending drastic changes to their diet or lifestyle.

Your veterinarian will undertake regular monitoring of your pet during any tailored weight loss program to ensure that weight loss is steady and achieved healthily. They will also advise changes to the program if any aspects are not working as they should. Activity levels can also be monitored and increased in line with your pets’ weight loss and improving fitness.

Weight Loss Tips

  • Avoid giving your pets snacks from the dinner table – all those little nibbles quickly mount up to a lot of extra calories.
  • Limit treats to several times a week. The calories given as treats must be deducted from the total daily recommended calories your pet is given.
  • Follow the feeding instructions and ensure that your pet is eating the right amount of food for their current stage of life.
  • You may want to consider how many times per day you feed your pet. Sometimes splitting larger portions into smaller, more regular meals will help keep your pet feeling full and satisfied.
  • When it comes to exercise with your pet get into a routine. Whether it’s going for walks or playing with them, try and do it at the same time every day. This way your pet knows what to expect and it quickly becomes a habit for both of you!

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Countryside Animal Hospital
2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Office Hours
Mon: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tue: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Thu: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30am- 1:00pm

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Reviews

4.8
Based on 373 reviews
V H.
V H.
Super friendly and helpful staff! My two dogs, Jaxon and Luna, were always nervous at other vets but countryside has a comfortable environment that... allows them to relax and get the care that they need. Definitely would recommend them to anyone with a furry friend.read more
Teresa J.
Teresa J.
This vet has treated our animals for everything from normal check ups and nail trim to hit by car and on death's door without ever leaving us... wondering if we could find better care, The entire staff is beyond amazing and the level of care is second to none!read more
Typical T.
Typical T.
They are very kind and caring. Very professional and knowledgeable. Everyone there is friendly and supportive. Wouldn’t take my dog anywhere else... even tho it a 50 minute drive to get there—the care they give is worth the drive.read more
Porter S.
Porter S.
My dog Boomer has been with Countryside for 3 years and they take care of us every time we have been there. The Doctor explains everything to you... that will keep your pet safe and healthy. Prices are very reasonable and even though some people might think they are expensive, I say that you get what you pay for and that is that your pet will be happy and healthy. Thanks to all the staff for taking good care of our family member, Boomer!!!!!read more
Glisseal !
Glisseal !
Very expensive. Nice people but they insist that every dog needs certain things and you know very well none of your previous dogs never needed it.... Location is very convient.read more
Maria G. (Sunset G.
Maria G. (Sunset G.
Fast friendly service. Reasonably priced. But the best part is Dr.Rainey who is very informative and knowledgable and he doesn't try to b.s. you! He... actually saved us money by letting us know that the food we were purchasing for our cat, actually wasn't doing a thing. We were told by our other vet that it would and we were purchasing it from him. That sold me on Countryside Vets!!read more
C P
C P
Dr Rainey and staff are incredible! The best veterinarian clinic that I’ve ever frequented.I have a deep respect and appreciation for Dr Rainey and... the way that he approaches my pet’s health with compassion, merging East and West philosophies, delivering premium care for my Marley, that’s individualized and specific to his healthcare needs.It’s more than a clinic, it’s a hospital staffed with people who genuinely love and care for animals. Dr Rainey performed extensive surgery on my dog and it’s amazing how quickly Marley is healing and recovering even with other comorbities.Everyone at the office has been so kind and offered me a level of peace even through some difficult decision-making regarding my dog’s care. Their medical expertise is top notch. Honestly, I’ve never been to a vet that I trusted more.So if you’re looking for a holistic approach to your pet’s healthcare needs, you’ve found the right place. I am beyond grateful that I found them.The drive from Louisville is nothing compared to the level of peace they will offer you.They’re just wonderful. ❤️Contessa Pantojaread more
Carrie M.
Carrie M.
Dr. Rainey and his staff are very caring and knowledgeable. Sophie was always happy to go to her appointments. They took very good care of Sophie and... she had a dental surgery & everything went well the staff is very nice and accommodating and Dr. Rainey is very knowledgeable. Their prices can’t be beat! I highly recommend Dr. Rainey and Countryside animal hospitalread more
Heather D.
Heather D.
Dr. Rainey saved my kitty Bandit. No other vet has been as caring, attentive or professional and I've taken him to SIX vets in town. Most wouldn't... help him, tried to put him to sleep!!I will never go anywhere else with my fur babies Dr. Rainey is literally the best vet in the greater Louisville area. I'm always in and out on time as well and the prices are very affordable, especially because he accepts Care Credit. Thank you Dr. Rainey and his nice staff. LT Dan Bandit is able to eat and have his life back thanks to you!!!!!read more
Robin C.
Robin C.
Wonderful service, very acknowledgeable and kind to my animals. Dr Rainey is a great veterinarian and I trust him with my animals. He is now my... veterinarianread more
Cory C.
Cory C.
The team here is nothing short of amazing. They are caring, professional, courteous, and take pride in what they do. They are great with our... animals, and we won't take them anywhere else. So glad we found Countryside.read more
Jennifer P.
Jennifer P.
I’ve been to several local vets in the area and the people here are great! Very responsive and friendly. Answered all my questions! Will take all my... animals here for years to come! Thank you!read more
Audrey B.
Audrey B.
We took our new fur babies, Alleigh and Rosco, for their first shots and a general check-up. I was very impressed with the staff and the cleanliness... of the facility. The staff was very thorough and kind. I highly recommend them.read more
Cassandra P.
Cassandra P.
Dr. Rainey and his staff are always so nice and sweet. Very caring and they treat my fur babies like there own. Highly Recommend them. You can't... find any better vet than them. I lost my Companion of 13 years (Snuggles) and they were so supportive and sent there sympathy. ❤️ I truly can't put there practice into words. Absolutely love this Place and all the Staffread more
Renee B.
Renee B.
I brought my dog for acupuncture treatments Everyone there is very nice and friendly . Dr Rainey takes time to explain things in detail. He was... even able to catch a kidney issue that we had no idea she had.read more
S.Diane S.
S.Diane S.
My animals have received excellent care from Dr. Rainey and his compassionate, friendly staff at Countryside Animal Hospital and I can't recommend... them enough.read more
Chris A.
Chris A.
Everyone there is extremely professional and caring. We had to put our dog down, and they were very accommodating and polite. I would highly... recommend them.read more
Ashley W.
Ashley W.
Bailey loves her new diet! It has stopped her stomach issues and she is thinner and full of life! She eats salmon, green beans and sweet potatoes!!... This makes sense now more than ever with everything I have seen with dogs sharing similar dna to humans.read more
Rhonda F.
Rhonda F.
Rhonda FullerWe sought out a good animal vet and staff due to the severe abuse from Covid and the restrictions when we lost our last dog due to vet... clinic abuse. We prayed feverently and found Countryside Animal Hospital. We realize the vet does not perform major surgeries and this has been very important to us due to the ongoing Covid restrictions from other vet offices. We like the smaller clinic environment, and the assistant Amy is so good with our dogs. We appreciate Dr. Rainey and his care for our dogs.read more
mary W.
mary W.
Very reasonable surgical prices, kind compatonate staff. Truly cares about my senior dogs health and wellbeing! Just moved here from out of state... this is for sure my new vet!read more
candice L.
candice L.
We just moved to the area and hadn't established care with a vet yet. My English Bulldog had an urgent need to be seen and I brought her in to... Countryside Animal Hospital. Dr. Rainey was quick to assess that she needed emergent care at a vet hospital and recommended the best facility that could meet her needs quickly. Once released I took her back to help manage the chronic condition she was diagnosed with and couldn't be happier with his expertise! She is now doing well and his recommendations solved an issue that we didn't realize she had for years. I highly recommend Countryside Animal Hospital!read more
Mary Jo D.
Mary Jo D.
My dog is very anxious. The staff did well with him and our visit went better than I expected. Dr. Rainey and the rest of the staff are very kind and... take the time to listen to any concerns.read more
Robert O.
Robert O.
Everyone there is very helpful, friendly, and professional. I believe you are very thorough in the care you give SanDee. The only drawback is this... care is a bit expensive.read more
Christina G
Christina G
We came in because it was time to say goodbye to our sweet dog. The staff was kind and respectful. They explained everything about how our dog would... react and what to expect. For such a sad time for our family the staff were comforting, which we very much appreciate. I'd recommend them to anyone who is looking for a wonderful Veterinarian office for your fur babies.read more
L.W. M.
L.W. M.
My cat has a unique problem I wanted someone with a background in alternative treatments to look at. The long drive was worth it. I really... appreciated Dr. Rainey’s diagnosis and the care he showed my Daisy. Very warm and knowledgeable. His Tech, Moriah was also very friendly and helpful, also … I would highly recommend Countryside.read more
Adonya A.
Adonya A.
Recently came to Dr Rainey for our little guys congenital liver disease. Where previous vets/providers had us in a tailspin he immediately started... acupuncture and homeopathic care. It's been two weeks and we are seeing remarkable improvements. The staff are super friendly and Dr. Rainey is amazing!read more
Lola H.
Lola H.
I have been bringing my baby to Dr. Rainey since she was 8 weeks old. She still has a tiny bit of anxiety when she gets back to the exam room but the... staff and Dr. Rainey are great with her. She leaves there just as happy as when she arrived. I feel his prices are fair and affordable and Dr. Rainey and his staff have always been friendly and inviting every time we have come in.read more
Valerie K.
Valerie K.
Our lab was attacked by a pit at Morgan Park. 3" laceration, torn ACL. We went unscheduled to Dr Rainey. They took us right in. He made a rapid... accessment. Printed out details and estimate of what he may have to do. We agreed with his judgement left our lab over nite. Next day Doc calls. "Looks like minor surgery on the wound, pain pills and antibiotic, he should be fine." He was a new dog to us! Not only was Doc Rainey accurate with his diagnosis but he did exactly what he said he would do and charged exactly what he estimated it to be. So refreshing to have such an experienced vet with integrity. Great caring staff as well, thank you! Brian, Val & Lakerread more
Jackie C.
Jackie C.
Dr. Rainey and staff are awesome! They were able to give all vaccines needed to my normally scared, anxious dog without medicating her first, like... our previous vet did. He also did an amazing surgery on my cat’s back after she met up with a raccoon and her fur started peeling off. Excellent care!!read more
Sierra J.
Sierra J.
My dogs have been coming here for several years now. I love that they offer traditional approach or holistic. My dog was near death and acupuncture... got her back on her feet quickly. I've been coming back ever since. I'm very happy with their service and appointment availability. I'm able to come on Saturday so it doesn't interfere with work. The staff are super friendly and Dr. Rainey is very knowledgeable!read more
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
Dr Rainey is by far the best! He saved my baby girl Eclipse with careful monitoring from early onset of pneumonia. I’m glad I brought her in when I... did. She is in her senior years now. Dr Rainey has provided our family the best vet care for over 10 years. My family has lots of pets and could not ask for a better doctor. He provided the best care and prolonged my other pets life with what could have been shorter than it was. I’m grateful for the service and his veterinary knowledge with animals. Dr Rainey and his staff are kind and very professional and caring to your animals. Thank you for taking such good care of Eclipse and Zeke and all the other fur babies in our family. Much gratitude for all you do!read more
Robbin M.
Robbin M.
We took our new puppy to Countryside for her first visit. The staff was so friendly and welcoming to us. Dr. Rainey was good at explaining... everything to us. what was an issue with her and what things covered. Puppy had a issue next day, and they took her in immediately, no waiting. thank you.read more
Patricia O.
Patricia O.
Dr. Rainey is wonderful!He is quality over quantity and was very present at our consultation for our dog's health.He explained what he would be... doing, why he had to do it, and how he came to the conclusions.He educated us so that we didn't require blind faith but we understood the what's, the why's, the when's and the how's.He gave clear instructions with a calm bedside manner.I thought the costs were a bit pricey but about the same as any other vet.He didn't try to upsale us on unnecessary things.This visit was thumbs up!A+read more
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