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Leaner, Healthier, Happier Together––A Family-Centred Approach to Weight Loss with the Overweight Dog and Her Caregivers

By Alessia Candellone, David Morgan, Simona Buttignol, Giorgia Meineri

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Obesity represents a one of the most significant healthcare issues facing human and companion animal populations worldwide. A complex relationship commonly exists between owners and their companion animal, particularly around feeding behaviour. Obese companion animals commonly live alongside caregivers who are also struggling with their own body weight. This case report highlights the importance of a family-centred approach to canine obesity as a way to engage with the pet’s caregivers to help maximize their compliance towards the successful implementation of a tailored weight loss programme. Lara, an overweight dog weighing 35 kilos with a body condition score (BCS) of 7–7.5/9, was referred for a nutritional assessment. A comprehensive, pro-active and multidisciplinary protocol, tailored towards a family-centred approach, was established. After a 16-week programme, Lara reached the target body weight. The caregivers’ compliance was assessed as being excellent; they also reassessed their individual lifestyle and were able to increase awareness towards their own nutritional issues and body weight perception, resulting in weight loss in all caregivers. Lara’s case report represents how a family-centred approach can lead to successful patient weight loss and to a modification in the caregivers’ way of thinking about nutrition and their own lifestyle, with the final goal of living a healthier and longer life together.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Veterinary Sciences
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 13
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/vetsci4030041
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2306-7381/4/3/41
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Caregivers
  3. Nutrition
  4. obesity
  5. open access
  6. Pets and companion animals
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  1. open access