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Alexander German and Ian Ramsey respond
  1. Alexander J. German and
  2. Ian K. Ramsey
  3. For and on behalf of the BSAVA Scientific Committee
  1. University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston, Cheshire CH64 7TE
  2. University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 1QH
  1. email: ajgerman{at}

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We thank John Burns for his perspective on the article in Companion1 highlighting the recent BSAVA position statement on obesity in dogs and cats.2

This statement was produced by members of the BSAVA’s scientific committee and agreed by BSAVA’s council and board. As well as formally recognising obesity in cats and dogs as a disease, the intention was to encourage veterinary professionals to be proactive in its prevention, treatment and monitoring. Such a position is consistent with the recent recommendation of the Global Pet Obesity Initiative, now endorsed by 25 veterinary associations and allied organisations.3

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