The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention 2016 survey of pet owners and veterinarians tells us we have some disagreements with our vets. What they think is healthy food for pets…is a concern.
Association for Pet Obesity surveyed 1,172 pet owners and 445 veterinary professionals from October 12 to December 31, 2016. Questions pertained to pet obesity, diet and nutrition, and sources of pet food advice.
Pet owners and veterinarians responded similarly to questions on risks of pet obesity and both groups agreed that “quality was the primary influence when purchasing pet food.” But what defines ‘quality nutrition’ – and how to determine a quality pet food – is where the two groups disagreed.
Such as – the majority of veterinarians felt they should be the one to recommend a maintenance pet food to their clients, pet owners did not agree.
64% of veterinarians agreed they should recommend a maintenance pet food
42% of pet owners agreed their veterinarian should recommend a maintenance pet food
When asked where they obtained the best sources of pet food recommendations…
Over 46% of pet owners rated online advice as the best method
19% of veterinary professionals felt online advice is best
And the survey addressed some very telling pet food questions…
Do you think organic pet foods are healthier?
43% pet owners agreed
23% veterinary professionals agreed
It is beyond understanding that such a high percentage of veterinarians cannot recognize the significance of organic ingredients. Clearly, veterinarians are not reading the science proving the risk of glyphosate.
Do you think raw diets are healthier for dogs and cats?
35% pet owners agreed
15% veterinary professionals agreed
This response is very significant. Raw pet food has been consistently attacked by regulatory authorities and by veterinary associations over several years. For 35% of pet owners to agree raw pet food is healthier – despite the very public efforts from those that wish this pet food style to fail – is very telling.
Do you think low- or no-grain diets are healthier for dogs?
61% pet owners agreed with this statement
25% veterinary professionals agreed with this statement
And the most telling question of all…
Do you think corn is healthy for dogs?
6% of pet owners agreed
48% veterinary professionals agreed
This question absolutely proves that veterinarians (at least 48% of veterinarians) continue to buy into Big Pet Food’s ‘corn makes good pet food’ propaganda. What a disservice this is to their clients.
To read the full Pet Obesity Prevention Association survey, Click Here.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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