The Responsibility of Veterinarians to Address Companion Animal Obesity

Kipperman, Barry S and German, Alexander J ORCID: 0000-0002-3017-7988
(2018) The Responsibility of Veterinarians to Address Companion Animal Obesity. ANIMALS, 8 (9). E143-.

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics, obesity, communication, advocacy, one health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 10:16
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:15
DOI: 10.3390/ani8090143
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