Absolutely yes! There are several medical conditions that are associated with a pets weight! This very important, considering that over 50% of pets in the US are overweight or obese.
Obesity can actually cause insulin resistance that can lead to Diabetes Type II in cats. Many times weight loss and dietary management alone can make a huge difference in the treatment outcome and cats can eventually come off insulin injections!
In dogs, obesity and a high-fat diet can trigger pancreatitis, an inﬂammatory condition of the pancreas. When this condition becomes chronic, it can lead to destruction of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, and that can lead to Type I Diabetes. This type of diabetes is characterized by lack of insulin and the dog needs insulin injections for live. Also acute pancreatitis can be a very hard condition to treat. Many dogs just feel so bad that they don’t recover their appetite and there is nothing that they will eat. Not even their most favorite treats in the world. It can be treated, but it also can be very expensive if the dog doesn’t respond well to therapy!
Another very important consequence of obesity in pets are mobility issues. The overweight and obese pet carries extra weight on all the joints, including the discs of the vertebrae. This extra stress leads to joint inflammation (arthritis) and pain and then joint degeneration and even more pain. The joint pain leads to less mobility, which in turn leads to greater obesity forming a never ending cycle of joint pain and weight gain. Weight management alone decreases and can even eliminate the need for arthritis medications! Excess weight can also lead to ligament injuries (ACL tears) and herniated disks!
So one of the most important steps in keeping your furry family members comfortable is getting them to lose some of those extra pounds! In addition to that there are some joint supplements and medications that can help with the pain caused by arthritis.
Joint supplements are a great way to start! There are many alternatives out there. At Prevention Foods we offer an all natural plant based alternative, that could be tried before having to use Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) that can potentially harm your pet’s kidneys and/or liver.