obesity

Veterinarian Bias Against Fat Dogs And Their Owners

Veterinarian Bias Against Fat Dogs And Their Owners

A fascinating new study published in the International Journal of Obesity has confirmed that fat bias, which has been well documented in physician patient relationships, extends to veterinarians and obese and dogs. The problem that obese or overweight human patients face in the medical system is that physicians and other health care providers tend to look at all their patient’s medical problems as being directly caused by the patient’s weight. They are, in effect, blinded to other causes of the problem and as a result, obese and overweight patients often receive substandard care, including misdiagnosis. The study, spearheaded by Rebecca…
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Is Your Dog Too Fat? Reasons To Be Concerned

Is Your Dog Too Fat? Reasons To Be Concerned

It’s not just humans who struggle with extra pounds. A survey done in 2018 by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 55.8 percent of U.S. dogs are either overweight or obese. And just like in people, those pounds can cause problems ranging from dog diabetes, to arthritis and even high blood pressure and heart disease, among other problems. One of the easiest ways to tell if your dog is too fat is to observe his body shape from above. Your dog should have a waist that is defined and his sides should not bulge. If your dog looks…
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