AVMA partnership promotes obesity awareness

AVMA partnership promotes obesity awareness

Feb 01, 2008
By dvm360.com staff

SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — The American Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. launched an outreach program targeting pet obesity.

The announcement came last month during the AVMA House of Delegates Winter Session in Schaumburg, Ill.

The AVMA-Hill's Alliance for Healthier Pets aims to give veterinarians tools to educate owners about appropriate weight management for pets. According to Hill's President Neil Thompson, 9 percent of dogs and 3 percent of cats were overweight in the 1970s.

Today, 35 percent of all pets and 50 percent of senior dogs are considered overweight, he says.

"We have the responsibility to identify significant animal-health issues ... and address them head-on," AVMA President Dr. Gregory Hammer says. "This highlights one of the ways veterinarians can improve human health as well."