Does Weight Impact Arthritis in Pets?

As a pet owner, you should ensure that your animal companion feels loved. Unfortunately, many pet owners tend to show their affection by over-feeding their pets. This is why more than 50 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese.


Relationship Between Weight and Arthritis in Pets

You know that too much weight is a risk factor for developing a wide range of diseases in humans. Are you aware of the consequences of excess weight or obesity on your pet? Those extra pounds can cause increased wear and tear on your pet’s joints. This can lead to the development of arthritis at a younger age.

Experts also associate fatty tissue with inflammation in the body. Inflammation in your pet’s body can lead to further damage to delicate joint surfaces. Due to the extra effort needed to get around and increased joint pain, overweight or obese pets tend to be less active.

The more discomfort and pain your pet experiences, the less he/she will want to move around, and the more pain he/she will experience. This will worsen the cycle of weight gain, inflammation, and arthritic pain.


What Is Arthritis in Pets?

Arthritis, also referred to as a degenerative joint disease, stems from an unstable joint, which can lead to abnormal joint movement. To begin with, the bones will rub against cartilage until it erodes. They will then start rubbing against each other, which will lead to chronic inflammation and pain.


Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis in Pets

The most obvious sign of arthritis in pets is when they start limping. However, you need to be aware of other subtle signs that may indicate discomfort and/or pain. For example, your pooch no longer charges up the stairs like he/she used to. Maybe he/she seems to be slowing down or doing his/her business out of the litter box because it is too difficult to jump into the box.

These problems could be a sign of arthritis. Fortunately, according to studies, it is possible to prevent arthritis from developing in your pet in the first place. The first thing you need to do is ensure that your animal friend has a healthy body weight.


Weight Loss and Arthritic Pain

Helping your arthritic pet lose weight is one of the best things you can do to help minimize arthritic pain. In addition to improving blood flow to the affected joints, weight loss will slow joint damage, reducing inflammation. You can help your furry friend lose weight by combining more exercise and fewer calories.


Treating Arthritis in Pets

If you notice any signs of arthritis in your animal companion, you need to consult your veterinarian. He/she will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your pet. Anti-inflammatory, anti-steroidal medications can relieve arthritic pain.

Some animal supplements can also reduce the pain associated with arthritis for some animals. If you think your pet is overweight or obese, you need to call your veterinarian. He/she will help your pet lose those extra pounds in the safest way possible.

To learn how weight can impact your pet’s arthritis, visit Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic Inc. at our office in Roselle, New Jersey. You can call (908)
245-7853 today to schedule an appointment.