Owners´ perceptions and attitudes on vaccination of dogs in the southern of Espírito Santo - Brazil


  • Weslem Garcia Suhett Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Clínica Médica de Pequenos Animais, Paraná, PR
  • Aguinaldo Francisco Mendes Júnior Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Medicina Veterinária, Vitória, ES
  • Úrsula Chaves Guberman Universidade de Vila Velha, Clínica Médica de Pequenos Animais, Vila Velha, ES
  • Karina Preising Aptekmann Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária, Vitória, ES




Survey, Veterinarians, Responsible ownership, Vaccinations


Dogs 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 WG, Mendes Júnior AF, Guberman Úrsula C, Aptekmann KP. Owners´ perceptions and attitudes on vaccination of dogs in the southern of Espírito Santo - Brazil. Braz. J. Vet. Res. Anim. Sci. [Internet]. 2013 Feb. 22 [cited 2024 Jun. 12];50(1):26-32. Available from: https://www.revistas.usp.br/bjvras/article/view/55821