Pet Obesity: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

About the Course:
Obesity is a growing medical concern in humans, and our pets are similarly affected. Obesity is associated with numerous comorbidities, with impacts on both lifespan and quality of life. This course will discuss common causes of pet obesity and explore potential treatments for this condition. Diseases that contribute to and result from obesity will also be discussed. To address obesity, veterinarians must be able to clearly educate pet owners about the impacts of obesity, partner with owners to develop a treatment plan, and provide follow-up to help clients achieve their goals.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify factors related to obesity.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of obesity.
  • Recognize obesity in small animal patients.
  • Outline a personalized weight-loss plan for a patient.
  • Explain a personalized weight-loss plan to a veterinary client.

About the Author/Presenter
Catherine Barnette, DVM, Dr. Barnette spent 14 years as a small animal general practitioner, working in a variety of corporate-owned and privately-owned practices. During that time, she learned to effectively and efficiently explain complex medical topics to a wide variety of audiences. She now utilizes those skills as a veterinary writer, creating educational content for veterinarians, veterinary teams, and pet owners. Dr. Barnette earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida.  

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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