Pet obesity management: beyond nutrition

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2014 Jul;44(4):789-806, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.03.004. Epub 2014 May 5.


Excess weight has been associated with many clinical and subclinical conditions that put a pet's health at risk. Successful weight management programs extend beyond standard nutritional management and incorporate an understanding of human-animal interaction. Understanding the processes and dynamics of human-animal relationships can be a useful tool for practitioners in developing successful treatment plans for their clients. Obesity is a nutritional disorder requiring lifelong management; however, when veterinarians go beyond standard treatment to include an understanding of human-animal interaction, it is also one of the few conditions in veterinary medicine that is completely preventable and curable.

Keywords: Client communication; Human-animal bond; Human-animal interaction; Nutrition; Obesity; Weight management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology
  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / psychology
  • Cat Diseases / therapy*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / psychology
  • Dog Diseases / therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Human-Animal Bond
  • Humans
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy
  • Obesity / veterinary*
  • Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*