Practical Weight Management in Dogs and Cats is a comprehensive, clinical reference
for the veterinary health team, providing the necessary tools to successfully
manage pet obesity. Bringing together specialists in nutrition, internal medicine,
critical care, and surgery and rehabilitation, the book provides an overview
of prevention techniques, clinical management, and practical tips for implementing
successful programs and educating owners. Covering topics ranging from taking
a nutritional history and body condition scoring to calculating food dosage
and client communication tips, this book is a resource for both veterinarians
and veterinary technicians to address the growing problem of pet obesity.
The book begins by explaining the clinical importance of obesity, then moves on to diagnosing and preventing obesity. The heart of the book is devoted to managing body weight, with chapters on nutritional, pharmacotherapeutic, and exercise strategies, and two unique chapters cover owner compliance and wellness programs. Practical Weight Management in Dogs and Cats offers a collaborative approach to managing weight in pet dogs and cats.
- Offers essential information for veterinarians and technicians alike to address pet obesity in the veterinary clinic
- Takes a thorough, clinically oriented approach to preventing and managing obesity
- Addresses the clinical importance, diagnosis, prevention and management of canine and feline obesity
- Offers information on taking a nutritional history, body condition scoring, calculating food dosage, types of food options, and communicating with clients
- Provides specific, practical strategies for managing body weight in pets
- Includes unique chapters on owner compliance and implementing a wellness program
Table of Contents
List of Contributors.
Chapter 1. Clinical Importance of Canine and Feline Obesity (P. Jane Armstrong and Angela L. Lusby).
Chapter 2. Diagnosing Obesity (Todd L. Towell).
Chapter 3. Preventing Obesity (Mark A. Brady).
Chapter 4. Nutritional Management of Obesity (Todd L. Towell and S. Dru Forrester).
Chapter 5. Pharmacotherapy for Management of Canine Obesity (Sharon Campbell).
Chapter 6. Therapeutic Exercises (Denis J. Marcellin-Little).
Chapter 7. Owner Education and Compliance (Kara Burns and Todd L. Towell).
Chapter 8. Implementing a Weight Management Program (Rebecca L. Remillard).
Todd Towell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM, is the manager of scientific communications for Hill's Pet Nutrition. She has over 10 years of clinical experience managing obesity-related diseases and clinical nutrition.