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Tackling the obese patient with concurrent disease

15 Nov 2019
Idexx Advanced Diagnostics Stream

This talk will consider obesity as a disease and provide guidance on clinical priorities for weight management when other diseases are present.  The concept of tailoring weight management to the individual be considered, using case examples.

Obesity is now a major health and welfare concern in companion animals.  Overweight dogs and cats are at increased risk of developing comorbidities including: diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal disease, neoplasia, oral cavity disease skin disease, and urinary tract disease.  Increased adiposity can also adversely affect respiratory function, cause metabolic derangements including insulin resistance, and also affect renal function and health.  Although weight management programmes can be successful, outcomes are often disappointing with many animals either failing to reach target weight or regaining weight subsequently.This talk will consider obesity as a disease and provide guidance on clinical priorities for weight management when other diseases are present.  The concept of tailoring weight management to the individual be considered, whereby the target for weight loss is set according to individual circumstances.  Case examples will be used to illustrate the concepts covered.

  • - Appraise the health and welfare benefits of weight management regimens in overweight dogs and cats.
  • - Compare and contrast the characteristics of complete and partial weight management regimens, and give examples of when each would be used.
  • - Suggest pragmatic targets for weight management regimens in overweight dogs and cats with concurrent illness.
Speakers
Alex German, Royal Canin Professor of Small Animal Medicine - University of Liverpool

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