How do human choices influence the feeding of their dogs?

  • Wanda McCormick (Speaker)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Abstract: With more than 9 million dogs estimated in the UK we can still call ourselves a nation of dog lovers and this has been reflected by a changing status of our pet dogs into members of the family, our ‘fur-babies’. As such, it is hardly surprising that the choices behind how we feed our pet dogs have started to reflect the ways in which we choose to feed ourselves and our family members. This study explored these factors with the aim of identifying areas of concern regarding the welfare of dogs. Via online survey, more than 33,500 usable responses were received from UK dog owners spanning an extensive range of breeds and ages. This presentation will explore the relationships between the main protein sources of human and dog diets, the incidence of homemade diets rather than commercial, and some of the factors reported as being key to owner decision making. In particular, it gives the first estimates of the scale of not only vegan dog diets but also full carnivore diets in the UK. The subsequent areas of concern regarding dog health will be discussed.
Period13 Feb 2020
Event titleCompanion Animal Nutrition 2020
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • animal feeding
  • animal nutrition
  • dog diet