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Attitudes towards dog ownership on St. Kitts, West Indies.
Kelly, P. ; Dimascio, J. ; Keller, K. ; Kuntz, J. ; Kelly, S. ; Lucas, H. .
Afiliação
  • Kelly, P. ; Ross University. School of Veterinary Medicine. West Farm. St. Kitts
  • Dimascio, J. ; Ross University. School of Veterinary Medicine. West Farm. St. Kitts
  • Keller, K. ; Ross University. School of Veterinary Medicine. West Farm. St. Kitts
  • Kuntz, J. ; Ross University. School of Veterinary Medicine. West Farm. St. Kitts
  • Kelly, S. ; Ross University. School of Veterinary Medicine. West Farm. St. Kitts
  • Lucas, H. ; Ross University. School of Veterinary Medicine. West Farm. St. Kitts
West Indian veterinary journal ; 8(2): 86-88, December 2008.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-18155
Biblioteca responsável: TT5
Localização: TT5; W1, JO91517
ABSTRACT
A structured face-to- face interview was held with 64 arbitrarily selected local people attending a vegetable market in the capital of St. Kitts on a Saturday morning. Most (67%) respondents liked dogs and many (57%) owned one (41%) or two (29%) for protection (67%) and as a pet (65%). The main reason people disliked dogs were because they feared them (56%) and because they created a mess (50%). Generally people had purebred (40%) male (56%) dogs which were always outside (50%), in fenced yards (43%), on chains (34%) or running free (22%). All owners fed their dogs, mainly on table scraps (44%) or commercial dog food (39%). Only 16% of animals were neutered and many had puppies (range 3-11) and there was a high mortality rate (>2 puppies in 73% of litters). Only 24% of the dogs were over 4 years. Relatively few owners (55%) took their dogs to the veterinarian, principally for vaccination and checkups (85%) but when their animal was ill (24%). Most people (54%) used insecticides for external parasites on their dogs and some (44%) dewormed their animals. Many people (24%) had been bitten by a dog but 64% did not believe people could acquire diseases from dogs. Only 6% of respondents thought there were too many dogs on the island.
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Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MedCarib Assunto principal: Propriedade / Índias Ocidentais / Animais Limite: Animais País/Região como assunto: Caribe Idioma: Inglês Revista: West Indian veterinary journal Ano de publicação: 2008 Tipo de documento: Artigo Instituição/País de afiliação: Ross University/St. Kitts