Weight loss

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Weight loss occurs when energy expenditure exceeds dietary energy intake. Normal animals are able to offset any deficiency of intake by decreasing energy expenditure, slowing the rate of weight loss. This chapter provides a diagnostic algorithm for weight loss, and covers differential diagnoses and available diagnostic tests.

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9.1 A 9-month-old entire male Beagle with a portosystemic shunt. The dog has a poor body condition (BCS 3/9) and there is some loss of muscle mass.
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9.2 A 7-year-old neutered female Domestic Shorthaired cat is in extremely poor body condition (BCS 2/9) and there is evidence of muscle wasting.
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9.4 Diagnostic algorithm for weight loss.
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