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Abstract

Dawn Brooks, DVM, Julie Churchill, PhD, DVM, DACVN, Karyn Fein, DVM, CSCS, Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, Kathryn E. Michel, MS, DVM, DACVN, Ken Tudor, DVM, Ernie Ward, DVM, Angela Witzel, PhD, DVM, DACVN

Abstract

Communicating and implementing a weight management program for dogs and cats can be a challenging endeavor for veterinarians, but a rewarding one. An effective individualized weight loss program provides a consistent and healthy rate of weight loss to reduce risk of disease, prevent malnutrition, and improve quality of life. Weight loss is achieved with appropriate caloric restriction, diet selection, exercise, and strategies to help modify behavior of both the pet and client. This document offers guidelines and tools for the management of weight loss and long-term maintenance of healthy weight. (J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2014; 50. DOI 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6331)

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