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Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2016 Sep;46(5):869-82. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.04.008. Epub 2016 Jun 9.

Dietary Aspects of Weight Management in Cats and Dogs.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, 601 Vernon L. Tharp Street, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


The optimal weight loss diet for cats and dogs is best determined by obtaining a full dietary history and performing a detailed assessment of the pet, pet owner, and environment in which the pet lives. Incorporating information about pet and owner preferences allows for individualization of the weight management plan and has the potential to increase adherence. Calorie density, macronutrients, and micronutrient concentrations should be considered as part of a weight management plan. Owners should play an active role in the weight loss plan to have the best outcome.


Client communication; Macronutrients; Micronutrients; Nutrition; Obesity; Optimal nutrient profile

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