Life as a practising veterinarian can be a demanding one, with high workloads, client complaints1 and other client-related factors, including economic limitations, unrealistic expectations and lack of compliance at the top of the list when it comes to workplace stressors2,3. On top of which, by virtue of their profession, veterinarians often interact with distressed clients or those experiencing caregiver burden (strain from caring for an ill loved one4), which can result in a transfer of burden from client to veterinarian5.
Behaviour has long been regarded an important influencer in the adoptability of dogs, especially in shelter environments. Less emphasis, however, has been given to the human element and our tendency to attribute different personality and behavioural traits to dogs based on their appearance, and the influence this might have on how adoptable we perceive a dog to be.
Obesity in dogs is a prominent issue worldwide with approximately half of all companion dogs estimated to be overweight. Obesity poses serious welfare concerns, predisposing dogs to many diseases as well as leading to a poorer quality of life and shorter lifespan.
According to the latest Companion Animal Report produced by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, Cats are New Zealand’s most popular companion animal, with approximately 44% of New Zealand homes having at least one cat. But how much do we really know about the personalities of our furry companions?
According to the lasted Companion Animal Report produced by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council there are currently an estimated 1.134 million companion cats in New Zealand, making them the most popular companion animal in New Zealand, and with predation of wildlife by cats being a contentious issue, national cat management legislation is currently being considered.