Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats in Australia: The veterinarian’s perspective and pet owner awareness

Palmer, Carlysle S., Robertson, Ian D., Traub, Rebecca J., Rees, Robert and Thompson, R. C. A. (2010) Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats in Australia: The veterinarian’s perspective and pet owner awareness. The Veterinary Journal, 183 3: 358-361. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2008.12.007


Author Palmer, Carlysle S.
Robertson, Ian D.
Traub, Rebecca J.
Rees, Robert
Thompson, R. C. A.
Title Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats in Australia: The veterinarian’s perspective and pet owner awareness
Journal name The Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-0233
Publication date 2010-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tvjl.2008.12.007
Volume 183
Issue 3
Start page 358
End page 361
Total pages 4
Editor Andrew Higgins
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 070708 Veterinary Parasitology
070704 Veterinary Epidemiology
920120 Zoonoses
C1
Abstract During a recent national study of intestinal parasites in dogs and cats in Australia, questionnaires were submitted to veterinarians and pet owners to evaluate from a veterinary and public health standpoint the veterinarians’ perception, awareness and knowledge of gastrointestinal parasites in their locality. The study included sourcing information with regard to commonly recommended deworming protocols. The awareness of pet owners regarding parasitic zoonoses and the degree of education provided to them by veterinarians was also determined. Very few veterinarians routinely discussed the zoonotic potential of pet parasites with clients but most recommended regular prophylactic administration of anthelmintics throughout a pet’s life. Some pet owners were unaware of the existence of zoonoses. It is possible that an overreliance on anthelmintics may have led to a certain complacency about the need to educate pet owners about the risks of zoonoses. Veterinarians are important educators in the community and it is important to evaluate their performance if improvements are to be made.
Keyword Dogs
Cats
Zoonoses
Anthelmintics
Australia
Intestinal Parasites
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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