The Challenge of Obesity

by Louise Brennan BBs BSc RVN, Caroline Burke BSc RVN, Shelley Holden RVN CertSAN Obesity in cats and dogs is one of the most common diseases seen in Veterinary Practice and is often defined as an excess accumulation of body fat. Obesity may increase the incidence of other conditions occurring such as osteoarthritis and diabetes mellitus [1] [2][3]. Research has also shown that it can reduce the pets’ lifespan and more importantly, their quality of life.[4][5] A recent letter to the Vet Record by Professor Alexander German of the Weight Management Clinic at the University of Liverpool, “Dangerous trends in...

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