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Knowledge, attitude, and problems of Aomori citizens in keeping and managing dogs as pets

By M. Irimajiri, K. Nakanishi, K. Watanabe, A. Matsuura, A. Yamazaki, Y. Onishi, K. Hodate

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A survey was conducted to learn how dog owners in Aomori prefecture are keeping and managing their pet dogs. A questionnaire containing 29 questions and was conducted at animal hospitals and other locations. Four hundred and seventy one people responded. Seventy percent of the respondents were females. The highest age groups were in their 30s to 40s. More than 90% of the respondents live with family members. More than 50% of the respondents said that the reason they kept dogs was because their family members like animals. More than 75% believe it is "a good thing" to neuter the pets but only 40% of dog owners actually had their dog neutered. Only 30% of owners put microchips or owners' names on the dogs. Despite advertisements from veterinary associations and the Ministry of Environment, neutering pet dogs and putting identifying indications on them is still comparatively rare. This suggests that veterinary professionals should do more to advertise and educate dog owners.

Date 2011
Publication Title Journal of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association
Volume 64
Issue 9
Pages 721-727
ISBN/ISSN 0446-6454
Language Japanese
Author Address Department of Animal Science, Kitasato University School of Veterinary Medicine, 23-35-1 Higashi, Towada-City, 034-8628, Japan.
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  1. APEC countries
  2. Asia
  3. Attitudes
  4. Carnivores
  5. Developed countries
  6. Dogs
  7. Gonadectomy
  8. Human-animal relationships
  9. identification
  10. Japan
  11. Knowledge
  12. Mammals
  13. OECD countries
  14. pet care
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. Relationships
  17. Social psychology and social anthropology
  18. surveys