How To Prevent Muscle Loss in Your Pet During Weight Loss Diets.
Offering the last bite of table scraps to your furry friend is not such a great idea. It has been estimated that 55.8% of dogs in the United States and 59.5% cats are either overweight or obese. Overweight or obese dogs face an elevated risk of developing many diseases such as heart disease, inflammatory diseases, type 2 diabetes, and osteoarthritis.
For cats that are overweight or obese, some of the challenges they will face are increased risks of developing hepatic lipidosis and urinary diseases. For many popular breeds of dogs such as Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds, and Beagles, a reduction of 2 years or more in life span can result from being overweight or obese.
While these weight loss strategies typically yield results, the downside is that dogs frequently lose a significant degree of muscle mass along with fat mass.
In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool and the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, 33 dogs that successfully completed a weight loss program were followed for several years afterwards to monitor weight regain.
The median weight loss for these dogs was 21.3%. However, the average decrease in lean mass was 16%. Thus, it was clear that not only did these dogs lose fat mass, they also lost muscle mass while participating in their weight loss program. Further, veterinarians at North Carolina State University reported that commercial weight loss diets put dogs at risk for developing deficiencies in essential nutrients such as choline, methionine, cysteine, selenium, eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA), riboflavin, pantothenic acid and cobalamin.
The nutritional supplement, Fortetropin can help address both muscle and nutritional deficiencies during weight loss. Made from 100% fertilized, chicken egg yolk, Fortetropin is processed using a proprietary, low temperature process to maintain the bioactivity of the peptides, proteins and lipids that are found within egg yolk.
A key veterinary clinical study conducted involving Fortetropin took place at Kansas State University and involved 100 dogs recovering from TPLO surgery. One of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, TPLO surgery is performed to repair tears of the canine cruciate ligament (CCL) and requires the dog to keep their operate limb immobilized for several weeks following surgery. This immobilization of the limb typically results in significant muscle loss.
It was found that dogs that were supplemented with Fortetropin did not experience statistically significant decreases in quadriceps muscle thickness 8 weeks following surgery. Dogs that were supplemented with a macronutrient-matched, cheese powder placebo did experience a statistically significant decrease in muscle thickness during that period.
Fortetropin is also a natural source of key nutrients such as choline, methionine, cysteine, selenium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and cobalamin that dogs undergoing a weight loss program have a high risk of developing nutritional deficiencies for, as discussed earlier. With more than half of cats and dogs in the United States being overweight or obese, weight management is an important area of focus for general practice veterinarians.
When dogs are placed on a commercial weight loss diet, they are likely to lose muscle mass in addition to fat mass and are at an elevated risk of developing deficiencies for key essential nutrients. Supplementing a weight loss diet with Fortetropin has the potential to address both of these challenges associated with weight loss.
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