- Includes discussions of links with human obesity
- Discusses the metabolic effects and inflammatory mediators associated with adiposity
- Offers the discussion of various disease states and how they relate or develop as a result of obesity
- Includes a review of different modalities to determine body composition to diagnose obesity
- Offers a clinical approach to managing obesity with diet including discussion on the nutrients of concern for therapeutic weight loss diets
As of 2017, pet obesity in the US affects 60% of cats and 56% of dogs, resulting in secondary conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and certain forms of cancer. A complete and balanced diet accompanied by regular exercise is fundamental to optimize health and longevity in companion animals, meaning overweight pets have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy. Seeking to address this major modern-day problem, this book provides a comprehensive review of obesity in small animal medicine. Veterinarians seeking to provide weight management services in practice will find clinically-applicable information from expert authors from both academic and practice backgrounds. Chapters cover topics ranging from epidemiology and pathophysiology of obesity to evaluation of body composition, and nutritional and behavioural management. The book also explores the role of exercise and drugs in managing obesity, and looks at the management of co-morbidities. Finally, the authors present a range of case studies to demonstrate these topics in real-life practice.
1. Epidemiology of Small Animal Obesity. 2. Pathophysiology of Obesity: Metabolic Effects and Inflammation Mediators. 3. Pathophysiology of Obesity: Co-morbidities. 4. Evaluation of Body Composition to Diagnose Obesity. 5. Nutritional Management of Obesity. 6. Behavioral Management of Obesity. 7. Role of Exercise in the Management of Obesity. 8. Use of Drugs/Nutraceticals. 9. Management of Co-morbidities. 10. Establishing a Weight Management Program in Clinical Practice. 11. Example Cases. Index.