Weight management in obese pets: the tailoring concept and how it can improve results

German, Alexander J ORCID: 0000-0002-3017-7988
(2016) Weight management in obese pets: the tailoring concept and how it can improve results. ACTA VETERINARIA SCANDINAVICA, 58 (Suppl ). 57-.

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Obesity is now recognised as the most important medical disease in pets worldwide. All current strategies for weight management involve dietary energy restriction with a purpose-formulated diet. Whilst current weight management regimes can be successful, outcomes are often disappointing with the rate of weight loss progressively slowing down as time goes on. Success is most challenging for the most obese dogs and cats that are more likely to discontinue the programme before reaching target weight. To improve outcomes, clinicians must focus carefully on better tailoring programmes, paying particular to setting an appropriate target weight so as to maximise the benefits for the individual. In this opinionated review, the author will discuss findings from recent clinical research studies examining weight management in obese dogs and cats. A strategy for tailoring weight management targets will then be discussed, illustrated with case examples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Overweight, Dog, Cat, Dietary energy restriction, Success, Rebound
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 07:48
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:36
DOI: 10.1186/s13028-016-0238-z
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3001394