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FORMULATION
trimming the fat
Weight management formulations and pet owner
education can tip the scale away from pet obesity.
By Jordan Tyler | jtyler@sosland.com
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The percentage of dogs and cats considered overweight
or obese in the United States has been rising steadily
since 2010, according to the Association for Pet Obesity
Prevention (APOP). In 2018, APOP shared 60% of cats and
56% of dogs across the country were deemed overweight or
obese by a veterinary professional. This amounts to roughly
50 million dogs and 56 million cats.
Banfield Pet Hospital went so far as to classify pet obesity
as an epidemic in its 2020 Veterinary Emerging Topics
(VET) Report and, considering the serious health risks associated
with sustained obesity, the severity of that statement
is no exaggeration.
Weight-related health risks
Pet obesity can have serious health repercussions, including
a shortened lifespan and contributing to other conditions,
many of which stem from low-grade chronic inflammation
caused by excess body fat, according to Jason Gagné, DVM,
DACVIM (nutrition), Director of Veterinary Technical
Communications, Nestlé Purina PetCare, St. Louis.
" Obese dogs have an increased incidence of traumatic or
degenerative orthopedic disorders, neoplasia, cardiovascular
and respiratory disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus
and skin disorders, " said Mark Brinkmann, vice president
of operations, Diamond Pet Foods, Meta, Mo. " Obese cats
are nearly four times more likely to develop diabetes mellitus
than lean cats and three times more likely to develop
lameness. "
Renee Streeter, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition), nutrition
practice principal, BSM Partners, Bentonville, Ark.,
backed this up by noting an estimated 31% of diabetes
mellitus and 34% of lameness cases in cats are attributed to
body weight issues. Juan Javierre, nutrition scientist, Layn
Natural Ingredients, Irvine, Calif., shared obesity can indicate
a more complex disease - obesity-related metabolic
dysfunction (ORMD) - which leads to dyslipidemia, high
blood pressure and low adiponectin levels.
" Health risks include increased risk for heart and respiratory
disease, exercise intolerance, joint and mobility
problems, increased cancer risk, and glucose intolerance
(diabetes), " said Karen Shenoy, DVM, chief veterinary officer,
Hill's Pet Nutrition US, Topeka, Kan. " Studies have also
demonstrated reduced quality of life and shorter lifespan in
obese pets. "
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