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A Questionnaire Study on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine for Dogs in Sweden

Sohlberg, Lisa and Bergh, Anna and Sternberg Lewerin, Susanna (2021). A Questionnaire Study on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine for Dogs in Sweden. Veterinary Sciences. 8 , 331
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Abstract

Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) includes treatment methods that are not part of established veterinary medicine and where there is not as yet sufficient scientific documentation of the proposed effects. The CAVM use in Swedish dogs is largely unknown, and the aim of this study was to explore this use. Electronic questionnaires were distributed to dog owners, small animal veterinary practitioners, and CAVM therapists. A total of 253 dog owners responded. Except for massage, stretching, and laser therapy, more than 75% of the respondents stated that they did not use CAVM for their dogs. Of the 216 responding veterinarians, 39% did not use CAVM. CAVM use was more common among respondents with <10 years of work experience as compared to those with >10 years of work experience (p < 0.05). Almost half of the 124 responding CAVM therapists treated dogs; the most frequently used methods included massage, stretching, and acupressure. A majority of all respondents found the current Swedish regulation of CAVM insufficient. Although CAVM use in Swedish dogs appears to be uncommon, there is a need for scientific assessment of CAVM in dogs as regards safety and effectiveness for different indications.

Authors/Creators:Sohlberg, Lisa and Bergh, Anna and Sternberg Lewerin, Susanna
Title:A Questionnaire Study on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine for Dogs in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Veterinary Sciences
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:8
Article number:331
ISSN:2306-7381
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Clinical Science
Keywords:CAVM, CAM, treatment, rehabilitation, therapist
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115014
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115014
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/vetsci8120331
Otherhttps://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8120331
Alternative URL:https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8120331
ID Code:26625
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
(VH) > Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:27 Dec 2021 10:30
Metadata Last Modified:27 Dec 2021 10:31

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