Infographic: Owners, vets differ on organic, raw pet food
Key differences involved corn and grains, raw and organic diets, and advice sources.
During their ninth annual survey, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) researchers found that pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice. APOP’s study also revealed that pet obesity in the US continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs.
“Obesity continues to be the greatest health threat to dogs and cats,” said APOP founder, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, in a press release. “Obesity is a disease that kills millions of pets prematurely, creates immeasurable pain and suffering, and costs pet owners tens of millions of dollars in avoidable medical costs.”
Pet obesity survey results related to pet food
Quality was the primary influence when purchasing pet food by over 80 percent of pet owners and 82 percent of veterinary staff. Price (16 percent) or location and convenience (7 percent) were not reported as significant factors for either group when choosing food for their dog or cat. Both pet owners and veterinary professionals (55 percent) said they worried about the quality of their pet’s food affecting the long-term health of their dog or cat.
Pet owners and veterinary professionals were sharply divided on pet food ingredients and types of dog and cat diets.
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