Owners´ perceptions and attitudes on vaccination of dogs in the southern of Espírito Santo - Brazil
Keywords: Survey, Veterinarians, Responsible ownership, Vaccinations
AbstractDogs are dependent on their owners to determine their general care, health and welfare, including the holding of vaccines against infectious diseases. This study was performed to gather more information on immunization practices performed in dogs by surveying owners of the southern of Espírito Santo State, totalizing 344 interviews. Statistical analysis of frequency and correlation were performed. The survey consisted of questions regarding the implementation of vaccination in dogs and aware of vaccine protocols by the owners, and also collect data about the cost of performing vaccines, the coverage of public campaigns of rabies vaccination and socioeconomic status of respondents. It was concluded that public campaign of rabies vaccination is satisfactory, as the most respondents was aware and performed that vaccines annually, independent of schooling level. Nevertheless, polyvalent vaccination is performed by less than a half of studied population, and owners were more aware about vaccination protocol in puppies than in adult dogs. Vaccination is still performed, in part, by non-specialist. The awareness of owners regarding correct protocols and application of vaccines by veterinarians should be performed to guarantee the properly vaccination practices and ensure the protection of dogs against infectious diseases.
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Suhett, W., Mendes Júnior, A., Guberman, Úrsula, & Aptekmann, K. (2013). Owners´ perceptions and attitudes on vaccination of dogs in the southern of Espírito Santo - Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 50(1), 26-32. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2318-3659.v50i1p26-32
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