Journal article

Compartmental fat distribution in the abdomen of dogs relative to overall body fat composition

RBS Turner, D Tyrrell, G Hepworth, FR Dunshea, CS Mansfield

BMC Veterinary Research | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Adipose tissue may have different metabolic and endocrine functions depending on the region of the body in which it is located. While visceral or intra-abdominal fat has been found to contribute to leptin concentrations, insulin resistance and obesity-related diseases, there are only a few imaging studies documenting the preferential distribution of body fat to either the intra-abdominal or subcutaneous compartments in dogs. This study aimed to determine if CT-measured abdominal fat distributed preferentially to the visceral space (V) relative to the subcutaneous space (SQ), with increasing DXA-determined total body fat percentage; and if ultrasound measurements of the ventral mi..

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