Feeding practices and the use of supplements for dogs kept by owners in different socioeconomic groups

Thomson, R.M., Hammond, J.A., Ternent, H. and Yam, P.S. (2008) Feeding practices and the use of supplements for dogs kept by owners in different socioeconomic groups. Veterinary Record, 163(21), pp. 621-624. (doi:10.1136/vr.163.21.621)

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Abstract

The prevalence of feeding practices and supplements for dogs used in private practice (PP) and the non-profit-making People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) was evaluated. Questionnaires were completed by 400 PP clients and 400 PDSA clients, of which 27.2 per cent and 29.8 per cent, respectively, gave supplements to their dogs. Fatty acids/oils were given by 10.3 per cent of PP clients and 11.5 per cent of PDSA clients, glucosamine and/or chondroitin by 10.5 per cent and 5.8 per cent, and vitamins by 6.8 per cent and 19.3 per cent, respectively. The supplements were provided daily by 17.8 per cent of the PP clients and 14.3 per cent of the PDSA clients, and the PDSA clients were 50 per cent more likely to provide the supplements only weekly or monthly than the PP clients. A commercially available maintenance or dietetic diet was fed by 98.8 per cent of the PP clients and 94.2 per cent of the PDSA clients

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hammond, Mrs Jennifer and Yam, Dr Philippa
Authors: Thomson, R.M., Hammond, J.A., Ternent, H., and Yam, P.S.
Subjects:S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF600 Veterinary Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Record
Journal Abbr.:Vet rec.
Publisher:B M J Group
ISSN:0042-4900
ISSN (Online):2042-7670

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