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Taking on obesity as a diseaseStatement, sessions, and toolkit address the excess weight so common now in cats, dogs, and horses

By Katie Burns

The veterinary profession should formally recognize canine and feline obesity as a disease, according to a position statement from the Global Pet Obesity Initiative. The statement also calls for the profession to adopt a uniform definition of canine and feline obesity as 30 percent above ideal weight and a universal system for body condition scoring on a scale of 1 to 9.

The AVMA Board of Directors endorsed the position statement in April. At July's