Journal article

Dog obesity: Owner attitudes and behaviour

IM Bland, A Guthrie-Jones, RD Taylor, J Hill

PREVENTIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2009

Abstract

Animal (dog) factors that contribute to obesity are classified into three broad categories: genetic pre-disposition, reproductive management and dietary/exercise (human) management. This paper examined the latter-dietary/exercise (human) management. A quantitative analysis of questionnaire responses from dog owners and veterinarians was used to determine the routine care and obesity management strategies for dogs. A total of 550 questionnaires were distributed to dog owners in Victoria, Australia. Owners were asked to score the body condition of their animal by comparison with photographic images of animals with condition score ranging from 2 to 5. The management routines of 219 dog owners w..

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