Did you know if you’re pet is overweight they are even more likely to suffer from arthritis at a younger age. Like in people, one of the main contributors to arthritis in dogs and cats is excess weight putting stress on joints. An Estimated 60% of Cats and 56% of Dogs in the United States are Overweight or Obese, according to the Association of Pet Obesity and Prevention. That equals an estimated 50.2 million dogs and 56.5 million cats are too heavy, based on 2017 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). In 2016, APOP found 54% of dogs and 59% of cats were overweight or obese.
There are two main factors involved with preventing and combating obesity, exercise and diet. Have a talk about diet and exercise with one of our veterinarians. The exercise regimen and diet should be appropriate for your pet’s lifestyle and life stage. Pets that are already having issues with excess weight or obesity must exercise moderately while consuming fewer calories.
Don’t let something as preventable as excess weight be a reason for your pets arthritis.
Get them in shape just in time for the Jingle Bell Run on November 10th! This event is raising awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. You can also help us in our fundraising efforts but donating here!
Our supporters in the fight against pet arthritis!