The internet-based DogRisk Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) was opened in 2009, and it is still open for answers. Respondents are recruited by letting dog owners know about the questionnaire at dog fairs, through dog clubs, in dog magazines, and in interviews in the media. The questionnaire consists of 21 bigger question groups, 3 of them including 54 questions each, concerning the frequency of food items given to the dog, separately for puppy-hood (2-6 months of age), youth (6-12 months for small breeds, 6-18 months for large breeds) and adult age. In addition, general information on the dog, its keeping conditions, the dog’s diseases, feeding and diseases of the dog’s dam, and general questions on the dog’s environment, family and feeding are posed.
The most significant novel thing is that we ask about foods as both processed (=heat treated) and raw/fresh (=non-heat treated). E.g. cooked pork and un-cooked pork, grilled fish and raw fish etc.
The data from the questionnaire will be used to find associations between diet, environment, and diseases in this Finnish dog population. The questionnaire can be found here (only in Finnish).