Today we're asking Hill's all about the relationship between body weight and joint health. Here they tell us how their diet, Metabolic and Mobility, can benefit dogs carrying 'that bit extra.'

Weight gain isn’t a problem that’s unique to human beings these days – our pets are also suffering too. One of the consequences of excessive weight gain is loss of mobility and joint problems. Overweight pets can also suffer from diabetes, respiratory problems and skin disease.

It’s likely that one in every five dogs has a joint or mobility problem and weight gain will be adding to the problem in many cases. Now, Hill’s™ Pet Nutrition has come up with Prescription Diet™ Metabolic+Mobilty – a food that both reduces body weight and supports joint health in pets prone to weight gain.

How can I tell my dog is overweight?

While a few pounds here and there might not seem too big an issue, the problem can be so much greater in dogs as their bodyweights are generally much lower than those of people. A five-pound Yorkshire Terrier at its ideal body weight that gains a pound could suddenly be 20% overweight and therefore classified as 'obese.' Worringly, it is thought that half of the dog population could be carrying too much weight.

Working out whether your dog is overweight isn’t as straight forward as you might think and many people don’t realise their dog is too heavy until told by a professional. Although regular weight checks are a great idea, not every dog conforms to the ‘breed standard’ weight. The ideal weight of combination breeds like Labradoodles can be even harder to estimate. It’s therefore a good idea to ask a vet or vet nurse to help you find an ideal weight for your pet.

Another technique you can use to find out if your pet is overweight is 'body condition scoring' and you can watch a video showing you how to do that here:

Why does extra weight cause joint problems in pets?

Excess weight puts additional strain on the joints, resulting in more wear and tear, deterioration of joint cartilage overlying the bone, and subsequent inflammation and pain. It is now believed that body fat itself plays an active role in inflammation and degradation of the joint tissue, reducing mobility and therefore promoting further weight gain.

Weight loss plans:

If you have tried and failed to help your pet lose weight and are concerned about joint health, it might be time to try something new. Prescription Diet™ Metabolic+Mobility contains a blend of ingredients that naturally works with dogs’ unique energy use and 88% of pets fed this nutrition lost weight in two months under normal home conditions*.

This is a weight loss food for pets that they will actually want to eat – as it’s made with chicken and instead of simply containing bulk that fills up without the calories, this food works in a completely different way, so taste isn’t compromised. It even comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee to back it up.

To support joint health, Prescription Diet™ Metabolic+Mobility contains three vitally important nutrients: omega-3 fatty acids to support the metabolism of joints and high levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin, the building blocks for joint cartilage.

Tackling weight gain and joint mobility together makes perfect sense as they both occur together. Prescription Diet™ Metabolic+Mobility is clinically proven, so maybe it’s time to make a difference to your pet’s weight and joints with Hill’s™.

*Data on file Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc.

Written by: Hannah