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Title: Relationship between analytic values and canine obesity
Authors: Peña, C.
Suárez Ramírez, Lourdes 
Bautista, I. 
Montoya, J. A. 
Juste, M. C. 
UNESCO Clasification: 3109 Ciencias veterinarias
Keywords: Dogs
Canine obesity
Metabolic parameters
Issue Date: 2008
Journal: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 
Abstract: The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between canine body condition and metabolic parameters like serum lipids, blood glucose and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) concentrations. We selected 127 dogs (42 males and 85 females) that were taken to our veterinary medicine service during routine visits. The mean age was 6.67 +/- 5.24 years. Body condition (BC) was measured by Laflamme scale and dogs were considered as obese when BC score was over 6. The following variables were collected: total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, basal glucose and ALT. 66.1% of the dog cohort were obese. Total cholesterol and triglycerides were found to be higher (p < 0.05) in obese dogs with respect to normal weight dogs. In conclusion, obesity in dogs is associated with higher serum lipid levels.
ISSN: 0931-2439
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2007.00786.x
Source: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition [ISSN 0931-2439], v. 92 (3), p. 324-325
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