The responsibility of veterinarians to address companion animal obesity



German, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-3017-7988 and Kipperman, Barry
(2018) The responsibility of veterinarians to address companion animal obesity. Animals, 8. 1 - 9.

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Abstract

Obesity is a modern-day epidemic in both people and companion animals. A summary of the current research on the causes, risk factors, consequences, and implications of overweight and obesity, and the compliance of small-animal practitioners in recognizing and addressing pet obesity, is provided. Ethical and animal welfare concerns are raised regarding these findings. We argue that a patient advocacy posture compels the veterinary profession to confront this issue more reliably. Evidence is presented to support obesity as a One-Health problem, and discrete and practical recommendations for preventing and addressing companion animal obesity are proposed. The One-Health perspective encourages coordinated action by veterinary healthcare professionals in order to address overweight and obesity in companion animals as a public health concern.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 15:44
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 10:00
DOI: 10.3390/ani8080143
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8090143
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3025340