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Weight management in dogs and cats

Obesity is defined as an accumulation of excessive amounts of adipose tissue in the body, and predisposes to a variety of diseases including diabetes mellitus, and osteoarthritis. In most animals, obesity is the result of a simple imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. Therefore, at its simplest, successful management of obesity usually involves reversing this imbalance by reducing energy intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. This lecture will discuss current thoughts on both conventional and novel treatments for of obesity in dogs and cats, and stimulate discussion on factors required for long-term success.

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Correspondence to Alexander J German.

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German, A.J. Weight management in dogs and cats. Acta Vet Scand 57, K7 (2015).

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  • Public Health
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Energy Expenditure
  • Adipose Tissue