About the Authors

Sarah A. S. Dodd

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Methodology, Writing – original draft

Affiliation Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Nick J. Cave

Roles Conceptualization, Methodology, Software, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Jennifer L. Adolphe

Roles Funding acquisition, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Petcurean Pet Nutrition, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Anna K. Shoveller

Roles Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Adronie Verbrugghe

Roles Supervision, Writing – review & editing

averbrug@uoguelph.ca

Affiliation Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Competing Interests

The MSc student stipend for Dr. Dodd was partially funded by a Mitacs Accelerate award in partnership with Petcurean Pet Nutrition. Since the time of first submission of the manuscript, Dr. Dodd has also received grants for other projets in association with pet food companies that produce or distribute plant-based pet foods and has engaged in unrelated paid industry internships. Dr. Adolphe is a paid employee of Petcurean Pet Nutrition Limited Partnership. Dr. Verbrugghe is the Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition at the Ontario Veterinary College. These commercial affiliations do not alter our adherence to all PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.