Canine and Feline Obesity
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Canine and Feline Obesity

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This book provides veterinary surgeons with a global perspective on obesity in dogs and cats. Moreover, the information and therapeutic strategies presented within can help ensure that pet owners become fully involved in improving the health of their pets.

Roberto Elices Mínguez

Degree and PhD in veterinary medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Professor of animal nutrition.

Veterinary surgeon at the Small Animal Medicine Service (Endocrinology and Obesity) of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCM.

Veterinary clinician (medicine and surgery) of companion animals in private centres.

Part I. Introduction

Adipose tissue as body tissue

Regulation of body weight

Fat as an endocrine organ

Disease or disorder?

Epidemiology. The pandemic of obesity

Definitions: relative weight, optimal/ideal/objective weight, fat mass

Standard breeds and mixed-breed patients

Associated risks

Clinical implications

Type II diabetes and feline obesity

Part II. Pathogenesis

Neuroendocrine regulation of food intake

Control of satiety. “Satiation” versus satiety

Aetiology. Energy balance.

Risk factors. Multidisciplinary pathology (triad)

Clinical team: veterinary surgeons and technicians

Pet owners and their families. Food as an interrelation

Environment: breeder, trainer, park group, and internet

Neutered patients and obesity

Growth and body composition: hyperplasia/hypertrophy of fatty tissue

Obesity-associated changes: weight-gain dynamics and metabolic disorders

Changes in body composition associated with weight-loss programmes. Fasting versus diet

Obesity, inflammation, and metabolic syndrome

Part III. Treatment and prevention

Identification and evaluation of obese patients

Clinical tools


Effective communication with the pet owner

Participation versus submission

Ideal weight and health

Nutrients in weight-loss programmes




Food selection

Interpretation of the product label: light foods and prescription foods


1. Evidence of disease

• Assessment of body condition and weight, and definition of target BCS

• Additional tests

2. Information for the pet owner

• Cost and duration of treatment

3. Determination of energy requirements. Factors involved

• Practical examples

4. Selection of food. Current market situation

5. Management of feeding

• Units of measure

• Daily ration

6. Exercise

Revisions after reaching target weight. Factors implicated in the rebound effect

Maintenance energy requirements

Exercise, physiotherapy, and lifestyle


Pharmacological treatment of obese pets

Drugs used in human medicine

Veterinary-specific drugs

Nutrients with positive effects in weight-loss programmes

Veterinary surgery in obese patients

  • Autor/es Roberto Élices Mínguez
  • Fecha de edición junio 2019
  • Nº Páginas 160
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura
  • Tamaño 17 X 24
  • Idioma Inglés

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