Molinaro, Giuseppe (2020) Impiego della carne di bufala nella gestione alimentare del cane obeso. [Tesi di dottorato]


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Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Lingua: Italiano
Title: Impiego della carne di bufala nella gestione alimentare del cane obeso
Date: 21 March 2020
Number of Pages: 123
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Medicina Veterinaria e Produzioni Animali
Dottorato: Scienze veterinarie
Ciclo di dottorato: 32
Coordinatore del Corso di dottorato:
Date: 21 March 2020
Number of Pages: 123
Uncontrolled Keywords: obesity dog buffalo
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > VET/08 - Clinica medica veterinaria
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 09:04
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2021 21:32


Obesity can have serious consequences for dog's health, reducing life expectancy and quality of life, increasing the risk of serious diseases, as well as worsening any pre-existing conditions. Therefore, weight loss has a pivotal role both for treatment, control and prevention of many pathological conditions related to obesity. The purpose of the present study was evaluating the dietary efficacy of buffalo meat in the food management of diseases for which the intake of lipids must be necessarily reduced. At Time 0, 17 obese dogs were enrolled and submitted to: i) determination of nutritional status and body weight, ii) clinical examination, iii) blood sampling, iv) blood pressure measurement, v) electrocardiographic and echocardiographic examination. Dogs were divided into 2 homogeneous groups: 9 subjects were included in a study group and 8 in a control group. Each dog of the Study group was submitted to a specific diet based on buffalo meat, for a period of 3 months, and at the end of the period was examined again. Dogs of the control group, for the same period, kept their diet and eating habits unchanged. At the end of the study, the clinical examination of dogs submitted to the diet showed a reduction in BCS for all of them, accompanied by improvement of clinical conditions. On the other hand, no significant statistical differences were found between the dogs of the two groups when the clinicopathological alterations and cardiological parameters were compared. As already shown by several studies in human medicine, buffalo meat could represent a valid dietary alternative in diseases characterized by obesity, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular alterations. The present study should be considered as preliminary and it should be proposed to a larger sample of dogs and for longer period. A valid future alternative could be using buffalo meat for commercial formulations, which would surely find greater compliance by the owners. In this way, its beneficial effects could be better investigated in dogs affected not only by obesity, metabolic and cardiac pathologies, but maybe also in allergic subjects, using the same as a "new" protein source.


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