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Thank you to Royal Canin for sponsoring this session.

Pet obesity is a highly prevalent disease* affecting over half of all cats and dogs in practice. Although at first glance weight loss seems achievable through simply getting the pet to eat less and moving more, the causes and management of this disease* are far from simple and weight loss is frequently difficult to achieve and maintain.

The sessions will discuss all practical aspects of providing obesity care. Part 1 will start by discussing the consequences of obesity, how to recognise obesity and all standard elements of providing obesity care. Part 2 will then examine some common difficulties and will discuss how to overcome them.

*Please note that positions on obesity as a disease may vary amongst veterinary bodies:

The BVA, BVNA, BVZS and BEVA joint position statement on obesity in dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and rabbits can be found here.

The Weight Management Clinic at the University of Liverpool endorse the following position statements:

Learning Outcomes;

1 – In depth understanding of how to provide obesity care to all patients that require it 

2 – Increased confidence with recognition of obesity in all affected individuals

3 – Understand the importance of providing correct nutrition throughout weight loss 

4 – Equipped to manage common difficulties arising during weight loss programme

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