Chronic disease is on the rise in both cats and dogs according to the State of Pet Health 2012 Report, published by Banfield Pet Hospital, and chronic diseases can be tied to obesity.
From 2007 to 2011, incidences of overweight or obese dogs increased by 37%, and for cats this figure increased by 90%. Overall, 1 in 5 dogs and cats were classified as obese or overweight in 2011.
Obesity or overweight was diagnosed in dogs and cats diagnosed with other chronic diseases, including:• 40% of dogs and 37% of cats with arthritis,• 40% of dogs and 40% of cats with diabetes,• 40% of dogs with high blood pressure,• 60% of dogs with hypothyroidism.
Dog and cat arthritis and chronic kidney disease are also on the rise. The rate of arthritis diagnoses in cats and dogs rose 28% and 67%, respectively, from 2007 to 2011. At the same time, chronic kidney disease increased 15% in cats, which are seven times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than are dogs. Most cats diagnosed in the early stages of chronic kidney disease live about two to three years, whereas most cats diagnosed in later stages live less than six months after diagnosis, according to Banfield.
Be sure that your pets receive regular checkups by your veterinarian to identify changes in a pet’s overall health, and be sure to watch for any changes in your pet’s behavior. Even subtle differences can indicate a health issue that if diagnosed early enough, could add years to your pet’s life.
Courtesy of PSI and Comforts At Home Pet Sitting