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What influences owner adherence to elimination diets for their dog?

M. R. Painter, T. Tapp, J. E. Painter

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2019) 255, 446–53

doi: 10.2460/javma.255.4.446

• What did the research find?

Of the 192 dog owners in this study, 77 (40.1 per cent) reported that they adhered completely to elimination diet trial (EDT) recommendations, while 115 (59.9 per cent) reported lower levels of adherence. The odds of owners reporting complete adherence were significantly decreased by a perception of barriers to performing EDTs. The odds were significantly increased by owner knowledge regarding diets and cutaneous adverse food reactions (CAFRs) in dogs and by confidence in performing an EDT as directed.

• How was it conducted?

Owners of dogs prescribed an EDT to diagnose CAFRs were identified through the review of medical records from a specialist veterinary dermatology practice and invited to complete an online survey. Data collected included demographics, knowledge of diets and CAFRs in dogs, perception of EDTs and level of adherence to EDT recommendations. Multivariable …

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