By Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT
Pax lost a 23 percent of his body weight. His body condition score improved from 8/9 to 5/9 by the end of the SLIM study. Courtesy AKC.
The statistics are overwhelming: Almost 60 percent of dogs and cats are overweight.1,2 Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder diagnosed in veterinary practice.1 Obesity often leads to a shortened lifespan, decreased quality of life, and increased risk of many diseases. Treatment options include decreasing calorie intake and increasing exercise. However, what if you could do more? What if you had something else in your toolbox to combat canine obesity?
There is increasing evidence the intestinal microbiota contributes to obesity in multiple species. The bacteria, fungi, and protozoal organisms liv...
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