Dealing with Pet Obesity: Beyond Counting Calories

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Category: Nurses Club
Published on: 18.09.2018


Marge Chandler

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About The Webinar

A common perception is that obese pets are overfed and under-exercised due to owner indulgence or ignorance. Certainly, over-eating without increased activity can result in weight gain; however, this is an over-simplification of the cause of obesity. In spite of living in similar environments some humans and some pets remain lean; many fat pets live with a thin pet with the same management. Obesity is a multifactorial disorder which includes environmental, psychological, metabolic and genetic, epigenetic, and gut microbiome factors and their interactions. An understanding the hormones controlling appetite and the genetic influence on these hormones aids in dealing with obese pets and their owners. Prevention of obesity is extremely important and must be addressed early in the pet’s life. A discussion of appropriate diet, amount of exercise, and demonstrating body condition scoring helps owners understand the importance of fitness and weight management. Genetic testing and risk assessment questionnaires may help target pets at the highest risks.

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