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Pet owners necessarily play an active role in determining their pets' diet, and their nutritional choices are likely to be influenced by numerous factors, including their knowledge of the nutritional needs of their pets; their perceptions regarding the nutritional value, wholesomeness, and safety of feed ingredients; their thoughts about the pet food industry; and their sources of information regarding the dietary management of their pets. Communicating effectively with owners about nutrition and dietary management of companion animals can be difficult, particularly when the goal is to persuade a pet owner to alter feeding practices. Circumstances frequently arise in which a

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More than 60% of households in the United States own at least 1 pet, which accounts for > 140 million cats and dogs. 1 Similarly, more than 60% of Australian households have at least 1 dog or cat. 2 Most pet dogs and cats in the United States, Australia, and other developed countries are fed commercial foods. 1,3–6 The widespread use of nutritionally complete and balanced commercial diets has been cited as a contributing factor for longer, healthier life spans in pets. 7 However, there appears to be increasing interest among veterinarians and pet owners regarding

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