McLaughlin, Ron M., Jr.
Wardlaw, Jennifer L.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
The current method of quantifying obesity in the veterinary patient is the subjective body condition score; however, scant research has focused on the development of an objective measurement. The present two part study evaluates the ability to create and refine an objective body mass index (BMI) formula for the large breed canine patient. In the first part of this study, seven morphometric measurements were obtained from seventy large breed dogs allowing the creation of five BMI formulas. In the second part of this study, computed tomography images were obtained from twenty-two dogs and the total percent body fat (TBF) was calculated. Results from the five formulas were compared to the calculated TBF to evaluate their accuracy. A final BMI formula was developed that has a very strong correlation with the TBF, and provides an objective measurement of obesity in the large breed canine patient.
Lodato, Dena Lynn, "Development, Evaluation and Refinement of a Body Mass Index Formula for Large Breed Canine Patients" (2013). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 1484.