Year: 2022 | Month: June | Volume 12 | Issue 3
Effect of Dietary Protein, Fibre and Lipotropic Factor on the Management of Canine Obesity
The study formulated and evaluated different therapeutic diets viz., high protein high fibre (T2), high protein medium fibre (T3) and choline supplemented diet (T4) for the management of canine obesity against the control (normal adult dog maintenance diet, T1) in 24 Labrador retriever obese dogs selected on the basis of their body condition score (BCS) and body weight and randomly distributed into 4 groups and fed therapeutic diets for a period of four months. The change in BCS, body weight, dry matter intake and caloric intake were recorded at fortnightly intervals. Dogs on T2 diet (21.90 % CP and 11.28 % CF diet) recorded loss 30.3 g/d while on T3 diet (21.73 % CP and 8.23 % CF diet) lost 17.67 g/d. Body condition score was reduced 5.04 and 3.03 per cent in T2 and T3, respectively. Thus, the result indicated increase of 21% protein and 11% fiber in diet helped to improve weight loss 5 to 8% in dogs in 4 months period.
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