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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. Animal welfare
  7. Anthrozoology
  8. Behavioral research
  9. Canidae
  10. Canine
  11. Care
  12. Carnivores
  13. Cats
  14. Counseling
  15. Dogs
  16. Efficacy
  17. Health
  18. Human behavior
  19. Humans
  20. Mammals
  21. Men
  22. Nutrition
  23. obesity
  24. Pets and companion animals
  25. Primates
  26. Psychiatry and psychology
  27. Relationships
  28. Social psychology and social anthropology
  29. vertebrates
  30. veterinary practices
  31. Veterinary sciences
  32. Weight
  33. Zoology