Veterinarians are tasked with an important communication challenge when treating obese cats and dogs, as obesity among pets remains a prevalent health and welfare concern. Our objectives were to 1) foster further understanding of the owner and veterinary perspectives of the complex factors that influence obesity in dogs and cats; and 2) to contribute to the evidence surrounding the nature of obesity and diet discussions between veterinarians and cat owners. A review of diverse literatures suggested that a complex and multi-faceted set of influences complicate obesity management, and utility of communication between owners and veterinarians. A thematic analysis of an archive of video-recorded veterinarian-client-feline consultations revealed a lack of in-depth nutritional assessment by the veterinarian and communication misalignment between veterinarians and owners. Emergent themes included the use of humour and patient-directed speak to facilitate obesity conversations. Exploration and description of how veterinarians and owners of obese pets are communicating can inform veterinary education programming and continuing education opportunities.
|Department||Community Health Sciences|
|Degree||Master of Science|
|University||University of Calgary|