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SMALL ANIMALS Influence of lifetime food restriction on causes, time, and predictors of death in dogs

By Dennis F. Lawler, Dvm Richard, H. Evans, Ms Brian, T. Larson, Phd Edward, L. Spitznagel, Mark R. Ellersieck, Phd Richard and D. Kealy


Objective—To describe effects of lifetime food restriction on causes of death and the association between body-mass characteristics and time of death in dogs. Design—Paired-feeding study. Animals—48 dogs from 7 litters. Procedures—Dogs were paired, and 1 dog in each pair was fed 25 % less food than its pair mate from 8 weeks of age until death. Numerous morphometric and physiologic measures were obtained at various intervals throughout life. Associations of feeding group to time and causes of death were evaluated, along with important associated factors such as body composition components and insulin-glucose responses

Year: 2011
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