Pets At Risk For Joint Disease.

“Porky Pets”

 At risk for joint disease.

Fat-Cat

If you find the photo above adorable, you’re not alone. We all love to see our pets fat and sassy. However, we may not be seeing the risks that are associated with being so cute.

The nation’s obesity epidemic reaches far beyond adults and children to our pets, who share our homes, eating habits, and lack of exercise. 

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Recent studies from Tufts University suggest that up to 50% of dogs and cats are obese or overweight.

While most cats and dogs don’t develop the life-threatening conditions, like cardiovascular disease that are associated with obesity in humans, being overweight can affect animals in other ways. The extra weight can wreak havoc on their joints and complicate other health problems.

Degenerative Joint disease (DJD) in our overweight pet population is common. DJD is the long term decrease in cartilage around the joint spaces.  Over time this will cause the animal to have a decrease in activity, sudden lameness, and stiff gaits that worsen with exercise.

Golden retriever dog

The use of splints or braces is widely utilized to support the joints affected by DJD.

OrthoVet carries a full line of splints to get your pet back up and running to shed those unwanted pounds.

Call us today at 866.207.9205 or send an email to contactus@orthvet.com to learn about our full line of dog and cat splints.

Modified Splint for “Lucas” the Cat

Lucas the Cat

“Lucas” has an injured rear limb.  His Achilles tendon will no longer will support him due to an injury at his hock joint.   “Lucas” did not fit into our standard feline rear limb splint.  He also did not need a full lower limb splint.  We were able to modify our X-Small canine hock splint to fit “Lucas” perfectly.  He is a happy cat now and gets around great with his new splint.

OrthoVet can do these special modifications to our splints upon request.  Just give us a call for full details on special modifications.