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Vet. Sci. 2017, 4(3), 41; doi:10.3390/vetsci4030041

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

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Department of Veterinary Science, University of Turin, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy
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Spectrum Brands Schweiz GmbH, 8305 Dietlikon, Switzerland
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Ambulatorio Veterinario Associato dott.sse S. Buttignol-S. Confente, 10072 Mappano di Caselle, Italy
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Academic Editor: Emanuela Valle
Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 14 August 2017 / Accepted: 15 August 2017 / Published: 22 August 2017
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; family-centred approach; caregiver; compliance; nutrition obesity; family-centred approach; caregiver; compliance; nutrition
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Candellone, A.; Morgan, D.; Buttignol, S.; Meineri, G. Leaner, Healthier, Happier Together––A Family-Centred Approach to Weight Loss with the Overweight Dog and Her Caregivers. Vet. Sci. 2017, 4, 41.

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