By Suzanne Jarvis
The number of pets being fed an exclusively commercial diet has dropped dramatically over the past 10 years, a new study has found.
The research, published in Vet Record this week (doi: vetrec-2019-105828), compared the diets for pet cats and dogs in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand between 2008 and 2018.
It found that pets being exclusively fed what is termed a ‘conventional’ diet (commercially available, heat-processed products) dropped from 65 per cent to 13 per cent in dogs and from 85 per cent to 32 per cent in cats.
Although the study found that in 2018 most pets were still being fed conventional diets some of the time (79 per cent of dogs, 90 per cent of cats), many more were offered other types of food.
Homemade diets were fed to 63 per cent of dogs and 46 per...