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

Palmer, C.S., Robertson, I.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-4255-4752, Traub, R.J., Rees, R. 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). pp. 358-361.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Balliere Tindall
Copyright: © 2008 Elsevier Ltd
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