Nutrition, in particular the problem of obesity, is the
subject of the latest episode of the Morris Animal
Foundation’s “Fresh Scoop” podcast, which is now available.
Host Dr Kelly Diehl speaks with Dr Patricia Harris who is Head of the Equine Studies Group at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute. She also is on the board of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.
Dr. Harris discusses the equine obesity epidemic and the value of regularly assessing a horse’s body condition. She also offers advice for owners on how to help their horse lose weight as well as strategies to prevent obesity.
Obesity is a globally recognized welfare issue in horses, affecting about a third of the equine population. It is associated with an increased risk of health issues including laminitis and colic, and carries direct negative consequences on horses’ skeletal and immune systems.
“Fresh Scoop” is a monthly podcast from the Morris Animal Foundation aimed practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians or students, as well as animal-loving science enthusiasts.
Episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music and Stitcher, as well as the Foundation’s podcast page.
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