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Research Article, J Vet Sci Med Diagn Vol: 4 Issue: 4

Ultrasound Measurement of Visceral Fat in Obese Dogs: Association with Changes in Serum Lipids and Leptin Concentration

Sasanelli M1, Paradies P1*, Zaza V1, D’Amore S2, Greco B1, Ceci L1, Palasciano G2 and Palmieri VO2
1Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Division of Veterinary Clinics and Animal Productions, Internal Medicine Unit, University “A. Moro” of Bari, S.P. Casamassima Km 3, 70010, Valenzano, Bari, Italy
2Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, Unit of Medicine “A. Murri”, University “A. Moro” of Bari, Italy
Corresponding author : Paola Paradies
Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Division of Veterinary Clinics and Animal Productions, Internal Medicine Unit, University “A. Moro” of Bari, S.P. Casamassima Km 3, 70010, Valenzano, Bari, Italy
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Received: April 17, 2015 Accepted: June 02, 2015 Published: June 06, 2015
Citation: Sasanellia M, Paradiesa P, Zazaa V, D’Amoreb S, Grecoa B, et al. (2015) Ultrasound Measurement of Visceral Fat in Obese Dogs: Association with Changes in Serum Lipids and Leptin Concentration. J Vet Sci Med Diagn 4:4. doi:10.4172/2325-9590.1000166

Abstract

Ultrasound Measurement of Visceral Fat in Obese Dogs: Association with Changes in Serum Lipids and Leptin Concentration

Obesity is a common nutritional disorder in dogs and it has adverse effects on health and longevity. In humans, the detrimental health effects of obesity are well known and the regional fat distribution, especially intra-abdominal adiposity, is an important index of cardiovascular and metabolic deterioration. The significance of central obesity has not been well studied in dogs, but there is evidence for the presence of visceral obesity also in dogs. However, a simple and noninvasive method to assess the regional distribution of body fat is not available. The objective of this prospective study was to investigate a possible application of ultrasound to quantify visceral fat and to predict metabolic changes in obese dogs..

Keywords: Dogs; Leptin; Lipid profile; Ultrasound visceral fat

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