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Volume 26(12), Summer 2016

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Cohort Study of the Success of Controlled Weight Loss Programs for Obese Dogs

Success factors

When assessed on an intention-to-treat basis, simple logistic regression identified that rate of weight loss (P = 0.0092), duration of weight loss (P = 0.014) and diet type (P = 0.028) were positively associated ...

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Not so easy

The finding that 40% of dogs stopped prematurely is similar to a previously published study, and suggests that controlled weight loss is challenging. ...

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Which ones quit?

Comparisons were made among the three outcome groups (e.g. completed, euthanized and stopped prematurely) for all

weight loss. ...

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by Alex J. German, Jo M. Titcomb, Shelley L. Holden, Yann Queau, Penelope J. Morris

and Vincent Biourge

Fat dog,

big deal


Starting body fat percentage was associated with success, with the most obese dogs less likely to reach their target weight.

Background: Most weight loss studies in obese dogs assess rate and percentage of weight loss in the first 2–3 months, rather than the likelihood of successfully reaching target weight.

Objective: To determine outcome of controlled weight loss programs for obese dogs, and to determine the factors associated with successful completion.

Animals: 143 obese dogs undergoing a controlled weight loss program.

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