Zeltzman, a veterinary surgeon and veterinary journalist, and Johnson (gerontological nursing and public policy, U. of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction) explain how dog owners can fight obesity and promote fitness by exercising with dogs. Arguing that people and animals experience many of the same illnesses and can benefit from the same solutions, they draw many ideas from the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound project in Columbia, Missouri, to explain benefits for both humans and dogs, assessing risk factors and health indicators, the importance of fitness to ward off disease, guidelines and safety, clothing and equipment, support systems, walking in groups, and non-walking activities. (Annotation C2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
About the Author
Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, is a traveling, board-certified veterinary surgeon near Allentown, Pennsylvania. His professional interests include soft tissue, orthopedic, cancer, and neurosurgery. A prolific international speaker and writer for twenty-five years, he has often written about pet obesity. He writes an award-winning, free, e-mail-based newsletter read by pet lovers in all fifty states and twenty-eight countries (visit DrPhilZeltzman.com). He is a contributor to Dog Fancy, The Bark, and Veterinary Practice News. Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Millsap Professor for Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy at the University of Missouri. She holds a joint appointment at the College of Veterinary Medicine as the director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (visit rechai.missouri.edu). Author of over forty publications, she is called upon nationally and internationally to speak about human-animal interaction. In 2010 she was elected president of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations.