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Tackling pet obesity

How can we best address the pet obesity epidemic? That was the main question on the agenda at a Vet Record/BVA roundtable in June, run in association with Mars Petcare. A small panel of experts, intentionally drawn from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, came together to discuss the contributing factors to this growing problem; explore how they can be addressed; and consider how practice might need to change to do so.

This video offers a summary of the main threads of the discussion, all of which will be explored further in a special Vet Record supplement on the topic. The supplement will be published on 16 November, to coincide with the London Vet Show.

In addition, one of the panellists – Hilda Mulrooney, senior lecturer in nutrition at Kingston University – has written a piece for Vet Record on one of the major themes to emerge from the discussion: the overlap between the issue of human and animal obesity.

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