Arthritis and being overweight
August 3, 2020
This winter our focus in on helping our senior pets to be comfortable and healthy during the colder winter months. 2 big concerns for our older pets which often go hand in hand are being overweight and having painful arthritis.
ARTHRITIS is extremely common in pets and can affect 1 in 5 dogs and 3 in 10 cats!
We can’t cure osteoarthritis but we can help manage and treat it to improve quality of life.
Signs that arthritic cats may show:
- Use a chair or stool to jump up on a table or couch
- Play less frequently and spend more time sleeping
- Hesitance or slow to climb stairs
- Hesitance to jump off high surfaces
Signs that arthritic dogs may show:
- Limp or show stiffness especially when getting up after resting
- Reluctance to play and walk
- Behavioural changes, reduced interaction with people or aggression
- Have difficulty getting into the car or have trouble climbing the stairs
- Did you know that approximately 40% of dogs and 30% of cats in NZ are classified as overweight
- Did you know that a lean animal will live on average for 2 years longer than an obese animal
- 83% of obese dogs will have arthritis by 6 years old as compared to a lean dog who won’t get signs of arthritis until they are 12 years old
- Obese cats are:
- 4 x more likely to develop diabetes
- 5 x more likely to develop osteoarthritis
- 2.5 x more likely to develop urinary problems
We can help your pet with both arthritis management and weight loss to help them have a happier winter.