Disease prevalence among dogs and cats in the United States and Australia and proportions of dogs and cats that receive therapeutic diets or dietary supplements

Freeman, LM, Abood, SK, Fascetti, AJ, Fleeman, LM, Michel, KE, Laflamme, DP, Bauer, C, Kemp, BLE, Van Doren, JR and Willoughby, KN (2006) Disease prevalence among dogs and cats in the United States and Australia and proportions of dogs and cats that receive therapeutic diets or dietary supplements. Javma-journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 229 4: 531-534. doi:10.2460/javma.229.4.531


Author Freeman, LM
Abood, SK
Fascetti, AJ
Fleeman, LM
Michel, KE
Laflamme, DP
Bauer, C
Kemp, BLE
Van Doren, JR
Willoughby, KN
Title Disease prevalence among dogs and cats in the United States and Australia and proportions of dogs and cats that receive therapeutic diets or dietary supplements
Journal name Javma-journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-1488
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2460/javma.229.4.531
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 229
Issue 4
Start page 531
End page 534
Total pages 4
Editor Dr Janis H. Audin
Place of publication USA
Publisher Amer Veterinary Medical Assoc
Language eng
Subject C1
780105 Biological sciences
300501 Veterinary Medicine
Abstract Objective-To estimate disease prevalence among dogs and cats in the United States and Australia and proportions of dogs and cats that receive therapeutic diets or dietary supplements. Design-Telephone survey. Sample Population-Dog and cat owners located in 5 geographic areas. Procedures-A telephone survey was administered to dog and cat owners. Results-Of 18,194 telephone calls that were made, 1,104 (6%) were to individuals who owned at least I dog or cat and agreed to participate. Information was collected for 635 dogs and 469 cats. Only 14 (1%) respondents indicated that their pet was unhealthy, but 176 (16%) indicated that their pets had 1 or more diseases. The most common diseases were musculoskeletal, dental, and gastrointestinal tract or hepatic disease. Many owners (n = 356) reported their pets were overweight or obese, but only 3 reported obesity as a health problem in their pets. Owners of 28 (2.5%) animals reported that they were feeding a therapeutic diet, with the most common being diets for animals with renal disease (n = 5), reduced-calorie diets (5), and reduced-fat diets (4). Owners of 107 of 1,076 (9.9%) animals reported administering dietary supplements to their pets. Multivitamins (n = 53 animals), chondroprotective agents (22), and fatty acids (13) were the most common dietary supplements used. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance-Results suggest that most dogs and cats reported by their owners to have a health problem were not being fed a therapeutic diet. In addition, the rate of dietary supplement use was lower than that reported for people.
Keyword Dogs
Cats
Usa
Australia
Therapeutic
Diets
Dietary Supplements
Veterinary Sciences
Patterns
Vitamin
Q-Index Code C1

 
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