Veterinary Medicine Essentials: Obesity in pets

Veterinary Medicine Essentials: Obesity in pets

Each Veterinary Medicine Essentials package covers diagnostic steps, treatment plan guidance and the latest updates, plus resources to share with your entire veterinary team and your clients.
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Dec 22, 2016
By dvm360.com staff

An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese, but clients don’t always recognize that Parker has gone portly. We at dvm360 have curated our best, most informative articles about this topic to help you diagnose and treat it most efficiently and effectively. And we will keep you on top of new developments as they arise.

 

Updates on obesity in pets

Do I look fat in this? 6 ways to effectively intervene in patient weight issues

Aug 08, 2016

A new study looks at how veterinarians can comfortably step in to facilitate weight loss, borrowing from successful human programs to help. ...

Annual survey finds swelling numbers of overweight pets

Mar 17, 2016

Results highlight the increasing weight of increasing weight as well as a lack of standard definition in the veterinary industry. ...

Will my fat cat hate me if I put it on a diet?

Mar 08, 2016

Cat owners can be reluctant to put their obese felines on a diet for fear of making fluffy furious, but newly released study findings from Cornell suggest the opposite. ...

Video: What's new in veterinary nutrition?

Jan 15, 2014

Dr. Tony Buffington highlights some key updates in nutrition--from tips for feeding enrichment to managing obesity in adult animals. ...

Live from CVC Washington, D.C.: Monitoring weight loss in obese pets: A shared responsibility

May 11, 2013

Partner with pet owners to achieve long-lasting success. ...

Hot Literature: Does wet food equal slimmer cats?

Jun 01, 2012

Examining the effects of water content on food intake, energy intake, and body weight and composition in cats. ...

Diagnosing obesity in pets

Obesity in dogs, Part 1: Exploring the causes and consequences of canine obesity

Excess weight is the most common medical condition in companion animals and has a number of health and wellness implications for both pets and their owners. ...

Identify at-risk patients when battling obesity in companion animals

Small animals are supplied with an abundance of highly nutritious and palatable food. ...

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Treating obesity in pets

Obesity in dogs, Part 2: Treating excess weight with a multiple-modality approach

Pairing interventions that benefit both the pet's and owners' health may be a valuable role for veterinarians. ...

Feline nutrition: Understanding how to feed cats for obesity prevention and weight management (Sponsored by Nestle Purina)

Studies show 15% to 35% of cats in the US are overweight or obese. Learn what you need to do at your veterinary practice in order to take control of weight management in your feline patients. ...

A veterinarian's view on exercising with pets

Is it ok to hit the trails with your fuzzy companions? ...

Video: Feline obesity: Behavioral solutions

Predation, play, and perches are key to helping cats expend more energy, says Dr. Jacqueline Neilson. ...

Promote weight loss by pointing out the perils of pet obesity

Seeing too many overweight pets in practice, but having a hard time getting clients on board with your weight reduction recommendations? Put some mass behind your message with this informational client handout. ...

Associated conditions

Chronic kidney disease + obesity: A treatment plan doodle

Veterinary nutrition expert Dr. Martha Cline brings clarity to this complicated comorbidity. ...

When obesity and chronic kidney disease collide

A review of the literature and an explanation of what is (and isn’t) reasonable when it comes to making a treatment plan. ...

Can antibiotics make your veterinary patients fat?

Researchers discuss how manipulating the microbiome can affect obesity and other disease conditions. ...

Hot Literature: Could being overweight be beneficial for cats with heart failure?

Does the obesity paradox in people occur in cats as well? ...

Obesity and osteoarthritis: Is there a link in cats?

As in dogs, obesity may contribute to osteoarthritis or the clinical manifestations of osteoarthritis in cats. ...

Client education

Hey, that was awkward: Dealing with obese pets (but mostly their owners)

We all know it—weight is personal. It's often an emotional trigger for clients. Avoid the awkwardness and promote healthier lifestyles for pets and owners using these 4 tips. ...

Client handout: How many calories is a mouse?

Ever wonder how a mouse would factor on the Weight Watchers "point" system? It may help clients with overweight cats. ...

Client handout: 4 tips for weight loss in cats

Help clients get their cats back into a healthy weight range with tips from this free handout. ...

Arming your team

Pet weight loss posts and tweets

Pre-prepared Facebook posts and tweets that exercise social media channels to help your overweight veterinary patients. ...

Team tool: Coach clients to weight loss success (for their pets, of course)

You and your fellow veterinary team members are basically Oprah for overweight pets. ...

Why weight? Tackle pets' muffin tops and garbage guts

Use these 5 steps to build an effective pet weight-loss program at your veterinary hospital. ...

How to win client compliance and influence patients' weight loss

Your veterinary patient needs to lose a few pounds, now! Understanding clients' decision-making processes makes buy-in easier. ...

Let’s get awkward: “Your pet is fat”

Pet owners are often oblivious to pets’ unhealthy weight. So cut the “Your dog is so fat” jokes and learn how to navigate this emotional client landmine. ...

Inflammation is the new obesity

To improve health for all, it’s time to shift the way we discuss overweight pets with our veterinary clients. ...