Obesity and concurrent disease: Time for a complete nutrition assessment
How often does a pet really have just one disease or condition, especially when obesity comes into the equation? CVC speaker Martha Cline, DVM, DACVN, a veterinary nutritionist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, has already helped us sort through the "obesity paradox" that occurs when a patient is overweight and has chronic kidney disease—there's even a CVC doodle on best nutrition treatment practices for these patients.
Now Cline is back with thoughts on obesity and concurrent disease in general. Which takes precedence—helping to treat the disease by feeding a special therapeutic diet or combatting the extra pounds? Cline says that in some cases, weight loss can help improve the quality of life in a patient struggling with another disease. So it comes down to performing a complete nutrition assessment (and we have help here). Hear more from Cline: