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Prevalence of Canine Obesity, Obesity-Related Metabolic Dysfunction, and Relationship with Owner Obesity in an Obesogenic Region of Spain
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Contributor(s):: J. Alberto Montoya-Alonso, Inmaculada Bautista-Castaño, Cristina Peña, Lourdes Suárez, M. Candelaria Juste, Asta Tvarijonaviciute
The main objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of canine obesity and obesity-related metabolic dysfunction (ORMD) in the obesogenic area in Spain. The prevalence of overweight/obesity among owners of obese pets was also evaluated. In the sample population studied (93...
Feline Obesity in Veterinary Medicine: Insights from a Thematic Analysis of Communication in Practice
Contributor(s):: Alexandra M. Phillips, Jason B. Coe, Melanie J. Rock, Cindy L. Adams
Feline obesity has become a common disease and important animal welfare issue. Little is known about how, or how often, veterinarians and feline-owning clients are addressing obesity during clinical appointments. The purpose of this qualitative study was to characterize verbal and non-verbal...
Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound, & Stay Fit for Seniors
Contributor(s):: Rebecca Ann Johnson, Charlotte McKenney, Sandra McCune
Background: Obesity rates in older adults are linked with the national problem of limited physical activity (PA), resulting in chronic illness. Obesity-related illness and functional loss require innovative interventions. Older adult dog walkers maintained physical functioning over a 3 year...
Communicating with pet owners about obesity: roles of the veterinary health care team
Contributor(s):: Churchill, J., Ward, E.
Obesity continues to be the most prevalent nutritional problem of dogs and cats as well as one of the most frustrating conditions to treat successfully. Educating and assigning roles to all members of the health care team will improve staff engagement and the consistency and effectiveness of...
"Who's been a good dog?" - Owner perceptions and motivations for treat giving
Contributor(s):: White, G. A., Ward, L., Pink, C., Craigon, J., Millar, K. M.
Complex relationships commonly exist between owners and their companion animals, particularly around feeding behaviour with an owner's affection or love for their animal most pronounced through the provision of food. It is notable that the pet food market is experiencing strong year-on-year...
Pet dog management practices among a representative sample of owners in Victoria, Australia
Contributor(s):: Howell, T. J., Mornement, K., Bennett, P. C.
It is often assumed that pet dogs experience better welfare than livestock production animals because many owners consider them to be members of the family and, collectively, spend billions of dollars on them annually. However, this assumption is not based on scientific evidence, and a...
Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States
Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander
The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...
Communicating with Pet Owners About Obesity: Roles of the Veterinary Health Care Team
Owners report cats on diets actually display more affection
An evaluation of the relationship between self-esteem and pet bonding in children
Contributor(s):: Pamela L. Evans-Smith
Obesity has been linked to many physical as well as psychological problems. Many children who are obese suffer from low self-esteem. No studies have been published documenting the effect of owning a dog on the self-esteem of children who are obese. This study used a non-experimental,...
One Health Solutions to Obesity in People and Their Pets
Contributor(s):: J. Bartges, R. F. Kushner, K. E. Michel, R. Sallis, M. J. Day
Despite the high prevalence of overweight and obesity in the human and companion animal populations, and the global trends for increasing numbers of affected people and pets, there are few successful interventions that are proven to combat this complex multifactorial problem.One key strategy...
Obesity and Associated Comorbidities in People and Companion Animals: A One Health Perspective
Contributor(s):: M. Chandler, S. Cunningham, E. M. Lund, C. Khanna, R. Naramore, A. Patel, M. J. Day
This article reviews the biology, prevalence and risks for obesity in people and companion dogs and cats, and explores the links between obesity and diabetes mellitus and cancer across these species. Obesity is a major healthcare problem in both human and veterinary medicine and there is an...
One Health Approach to Preventing Obesity in People and Their Pets
Contributor(s):: M. J. Day
One of the most significant healthcare issues facing the human population, and shared by small companion animals (i.e. pet dogs and cats), is the growing problem of obesity. A recent analysis of global human obesity evaluated data from 19.2 million people in 200 countries over a 40-year period....
The influence of human behaviors in the increased prevalence of overweight dogs
Contributor(s):: Nora J. Nealon, Julie M. Fagan
An increasing number of dogs are falling into the overweight and obese categories, paralleling the rise in obesity over the past few decades in people. This suggests that dogs, which interact closely with people, have been influenced by our sedentary lifestyles, over-sized portions and diets...
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Preventing Obesity in People and Pets: A One Health Approach
Guardians' knowledge and husbandry practices of feline environmental enrichment
Contributor(s):: Alho, A. M., Pontes, J., Pomba, C.
Feline environmental enrichment can prevent numerous disorders including anxiety, stress, obesity, and feline idiopathic cystitis. Despite its easy implementation and low cost, it has received little attention. The main goal of this study was to assess guardians' knowledge concerning feline...
Money for nothing: are decoupled agricultural subsidies just?
Contributor(s):: Pilchman, D.
Every year, the US government pays farmers billions of dollars not to grow anything. Especially within urban constituencies, politically and geographically distant from food production centers, these decoupled agriculture subsidies may seem to be unjust uses for public tax dollars. But can any...