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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


  1. Did you know that approximately 40% of dogs and 30% of cats in NZ are classified as overweight
  2. Did you know that a lean animal will live on average for 2 years longer than an obese animal
  3. 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
  4. 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.