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Veterinaries' opinions on the safest nutrition methods for pets in Italy 2020

A survey conducted in 2020 investigated what is the opinion of Italian veterinaries about the healthiest way to feed our pets in order to promote their health. Some 86 percent of the veterinaries declared a nutrition based on industrial ready-made food to be the healthiest, with only four percent of the respondents disagreeing on this point. No clear opinion about home-made foods emerged, as half of the veterinaries found it to be a safe method and 35 percent of them did not take a stand. Nutrition inspired by the BARF method, standing for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, gathered supporters accounting only for five percent of the sample. The method most veterinaries strongly disagree with (61 percent) is nutrition based on leftovers from owners' meals, with 87 percent of the respondents discouraging this practice.

What do you consider to be the healthiest nutrition method for pets?

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Release date

May 2020



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Number of respondents

1,649 respondents

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Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "A suo giudizio quale modalità di alimentazione per animali da affezione è più sicura da un punto di vista sanitario: "

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