Journal article

Tackling dog obesity by tackling owner attitudes

I Bland, J Hill

CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources | Published : 2011

Abstract

Obesity is a growing welfare and health problem facing companion animals. While obesity has underlying genetic and environmental causes, the dog owners' almost complete control of food and exercise mean that any stratagem to control or treat the condition must include and allow for the attitudes of the owner. A greater understanding of how owner attitudes contribute both to the cause and prevention/treatment of dog obesity is required. Treatment and prevention regimes must involve education and constant, measurable outcomes, similar to the programmes seen in human obesity management. © CAB International 2010.

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