Proper body weight is by far the best way to help maintain healthy joints. A study in 2000 found that by limiting the food intake of Labs by 25% there was a decrease in the prevalence and the severity of Osteoarthritis on x-rays. If a pet can keep a body condition score (or B.C.S.) or less throughout his/her lifespan it can help or even prevent the effects of osteoarthritis. Help your pet's be a 5! Most dogs and cats won't measure out their dinner portions themselves.
Did you know cats can get arthritis too? In fact, 90% of cats over the age of 12 had evidence of this degenerative joint disease. We can help them too. Weight control, joint nutritional products and special foods, joint friendly exercise and arthritis medications, to help control pain, can all help your feline friend feel better and move easier. If your kitty doesn't jump up anymore, stays on one floor of the house now, doesn't groom themselves like they use to, or just seems grumpier then they use to be talk to us about it.
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.