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Changes in the relationships between dogs, owners and veterinarians in Norway and Iceland
  1. H. S. Lund, DVM,
  2. A. V. Eggertsdóttir, DVM, PhD1,
  3. H. Jørgensen, DVM, PhD2,
  4. S. Eggertsson, MA, PhD3 and
  5. A. M. Grøndahl, DVM, PhD4
  1. 1 Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences
  2. 2 Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, PO Box 8146, Dep, 0033 Oslo, Norway
  3. 3 Department of Anthropology, University of Iceland, Sæmundargötu 2, 101 Reykajavík, Iceland
  4. 4 Section for Farm Health and Welfare, National Veterinary Institute, PO Box 750, Sentrum 0106, Oslo, Norway


Norwegian and Icelandic dog owners were interviewed about aspects of their dog keeping and their attitudes to the veterinary profession. Dogs were found to play an important role in the lives of their owners, who had high expectations of their veterinarians, not only with respect to the treatment of their dogs but also with respect to themselves as clients. About one-third of owners reported problems related to a lack of trust and poor communications in encounters with their veterinarians.

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