Obesity management: how to start a plan and achieve successful weight loss

With Dr Maryanne Murphy DVM, PhD, DACVN
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You assess the diet history of a 3-year-old MC domestic shorthair cat and find the cat is being fed 400 Calories per day from Best Food Manufacturer dry kibble. The cat weighs 9 kg and has a body condition of 9/9 and an estimated % body fat of 60%. What is this cat’s estimated ideal weight?
You assess the diet history of a 5-year-old FS Labrador retriever dog and find the dog has been free fed a dry food from an unknown manufacturer. The owner has no idea how much the dog eats daily but she does give a large volume of Good Doggy as treats. The dog weighs 45 kg and has a body condition of 9/9 and you estimate its ideal weight is 33.8 kg. What are your feeding recommendations for this dog’s weight loss program?
Which of the following statements correctly describes AAFCO regulations for commercial diets designed to control body weight?
A client is having trouble implementing the weight loss program you recommended because their dog is constantly stealing food from its housemate. Your feeding plan is based on 1.0 x ideal weight RER with 90% of calories provided from the diet and 10% provided by treats. What advice do you give this owner?
Which of the following statements is most correct regarding the use of exercise during weight loss programs?
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