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Outcomes of weight management in obese pet dogs: what can we do better?

Authors
  • German, Alexander J1
  • 1 Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool,Neston CH64 7TE,UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Proceedings of The Nutrition Society
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
August 2016
Volume
75
Issue
3
Pages
398–404
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S0029665116000185
PMID: 27132635
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Obesity is arguably the biggest health and welfare issue affecting pet dogs. Although successful weight loss has health benefits, current strategies are far from ideal. Many obese dogs that start a weight programme fail to lose weight, or subsequently regain the weight they have lost. Given that current weight loss strategies are not perfect, clinicians need to focus carefully on tailoring the programme, perhaps setting a pragmatic target for weight loss, so as to ensure the benefits are maximised. This review will summarise key findings from recent clinical research into pet obesity, and present a framework for improving success, by better tailoring weight management regimens and end points to the individual.

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