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A survey of canine heartworm awareness in Grenada, West Indies

By S. Lohmann, S. Sage, D. Stone, K. Gibson

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Heartworm is a common parasite of dogs in Grenada, West Indies, due to the tropical climate and large number of mosquitoes. Because Grenada is a developing country and a small island, resources and education on heartworm are limited. In an effort to raise awareness of canine heartworm and the preventive measures available, observations and surveys were performed to determine the following: (a) heartworm knowledge among Grenadian dog caregivers seeking veterinary care at the Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA), (b) dissemination of heartworm information by GSPCA staff to Grenadian dog caregivers, and (c) reasons Grenadians are not administering heartworm prevention to their dogs. Results indicated a marked deficiency in both heartworm knowledge among Grenadian dog caregivers and heartworm knowledge acquisition and dissemination. Lack of knowledge was also cited as a major reason Grenadian dog caregivers were not using heartworm prevention. These results are currently being utilized to modify heartworm education practices at the GSPCA by incorporating Grenada-specific educational tools, with the ultimate goal of reducing illness and death by canine heartworm.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 18
Issue 2
Pages 198-205
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2014.962231
Language English
Author Address Pathobiology Department, St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. George's, Grenada.kgibson@sgu.edu
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  1. ACP Countries
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Arthropods
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Caribbean
  8. Carnivores
  9. Climate
  10. Commonwealth of Nations
  11. Countries
  12. Deficiency
  13. Developing countries
  14. Dogs
  15. Education
  16. Flies
  17. heartworm
  18. Infections
  19. Insects
  20. Invertebrates
  21. Mammals
  22. nematodes
  23. peer-reviewed
  24. prevention
  25. roundworm
  26. Spain
  27. surveys
  28. United States of America
  29. vertebrates
  30. West Indies
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