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Communicating with pet owners about obesity: roles of the veterinary health care team

By J. Churchill, E. Ward

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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 nutritional counseling for preventive care and weight loss treatment plans. Excellent communication skills can be used to assess the client's ability to change and implement a weight loss plan at the right time in the right way to achieve better adherence and improve patient health.

Publication Title Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice
Volume 46
Issue 5
Pages 899-911
ISBN/ISSN 0195-5616
DOI 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.04.010
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, C-339, 1352 Boyd Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108,
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Animals
  5. Animal science
  6. Anthrozoology
  7. Behavioral research
  8. Canidae
  9. Canine
  10. Care
  11. Carnivores
  12. Cats
  13. Counseling
  14. Dogs
  15. Efficacy
  16. Health
  17. Human behavior
  18. Humans
  19. Mammals
  20. Men
  21. Nutrition
  22. obesity
  23. Pets and companion animals
  24. Primates
  25. Psychiatry and psychology
  26. Relationships
  27. Social psychology and social anthropology
  28. vertebrates
  29. veterinary practices
  30. Veterinary sciences
  31. Weight
  32. Zoology