Pet Obesity Causing Increase In Chronic Arthritis Diagnosis

July 8, 2019

America's obesity epidemic and its side effects are not only affecting humans, but our pets.  56% of dogs and 60% of cats are considered obese. And all that extra weight put dogs and cats at risk for chronic health issues. In a new Banfield Pet Hospital report, osteoarthritis (OA) in pets is on the rise, with a 66% increase in dogs and a 150% increase in cats over the past 10 years. Osteoarthritis is a kind of arthritis caused by inflammation or damage in joint tissue. The disease is chronic and degenerative and can make it difficult for pets to move around as they get older. A dog is 2.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with OA if it's obese, while cats are 1.2 times more likely. Dogs suffering from the condition tend to display symptoms like putting their weight off to one side when sitting, avoiding stairs, or appearing uninterested in playing. Cats might have loose or matted hair because they can't maneuver to groom certain parts of their body. Although OA can be seen at any age, it’s often mistaken for old age and a pet slowing down naturally. If you notice your pet is either soft around the middle or moving more slowly, it’s best to see a veterinarian. Pets who are overweight or suffering from OA—or both—can benefit from treatments like special diets.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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