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dc.contributor.authorMorgan, Stewart K.
dc.contributor.authorWillis, Susan
dc.contributor.authorShepherd, Megan L.
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-12T15:59:48Z
dc.date.available2018-01-12T15:59:48Z
dc.date.issued2017-03-02
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/81751
dc.description.abstractBackground The practice of feeding of diets containing raw animal products (RAP) to pets (dogs and cats) is discouraged by veterinary organizations and governmental public health organizations. Nevertheless, the practice of feeding RAP to pets is increasing in popularity. Pet owner motivations for feeding RAP diets to pets have not been explored and the benefits of RAP diets remain largely anecdotal. We hypothesized that pet owners feeding RAP diets would not rely on veterinary advice in choosing their pet’s diet. We also hypothesized that these owners would have lower levels of trust in veterinary advice with respect to nutrition relative to pet owners not feeding RAP. Methods An anonymous web-based survey was developed to identify pet owner motivations for feeding RAP diets, and to characterize the veterinarian-client relationships of individuals feeding RAP diets. Results There were 2,337 respondents and 2,171 completed surveys. Of survey respondents, 804 reported feeding RAP at the time of the survey. While 20% of pet owners feeding RAP relied on online resources to determine what or how much RAP to feed, only 9% reported consulting with a veterinarian in making decisions about feeding RAP. Pet owners feeding RAP reported lower levels of trust in veterinary advice both ‘in general’ and ‘with respect to nutrition’ than pet owners not feeding RAP. Most pet owners reported that a discussion regarding their pet’s nutrition does not occur at every veterinary appointment. Discussion Pet owners feeding a RAP diet have lower trust in veterinary advice than pet owners not feeding a RAP diet. Owners feeding RAP are more reliant on online resources than their own veterinarian in deciding what and how much RAP to feed. Pet owners perceive that nutrition is not discussed at most veterinary appointments. Therefore, there is room for improvement in the veterinarian-client communication with regards to nutrition.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherPeerJen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectSurveyen_US
dc.subjectPeten_US
dc.subjectOwneren_US
dc.subjectMotivationen_US
dc.subjectResourcesen_US
dc.subjectRawen_US
dc.subjectDieten_US
dc.subjectMeaten_US
dc.subjectVeterinariansen_US
dc.subjectTrusten_US
dc.titleSurvey of owner motivations and veterinary input of owners feeding diets containing raw animal productsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.title.serialPeerJen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3031


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