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A cross-sectional study of knowledge on ownership, zoonoses and practices among pet owners in northern Portugal

By B. do Vale, A. P. Lopes, M. da C. Fontes, M. Silvestre, L. Cardoso, A. C. Coelho

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Pet ownership is common in modern society. In Portugal, 38% and 31% of all households own at least one dog or cat, respectively. Few studies have ascertained the knowledge of pet owners on pet ownership and zoonoses, and none have been carried out in Portugal. The aim of the present study was to assess household knowledge and practices related to pet ownership and zoonoses in northern Portugal. A face-to-face questionnaire was completed by 424 pet owners, from November 2019 to February 2020. Most respondents (97.2%) considered pets as an important part of the family, especially women (p = 0.036); 73.1% allowed their pets to live an indoor/outdoor life; 41.3% denied sharing the bed with their pets while 29% assumed they did it daily; 20.3% reported never kissing their pets/pets licking their faces. Furthermore, 73.6% considered animals as potential sources of human diseases, but only 25.9% reported knowing the definition of zoonoses; 96.9% considered the role of veterinarians important in protecting public health. The low level of knowledge of pet owners and the occurrence of high-risk behaviors indicates a need to strengthen communication between veterinarians, physicians, pet owners, and the general public towards reduce the risk of acquisition and transmission of zoonoses.

Publication Title Animals
Volume 11
Issue 12
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
DOI 10.3390/ani11123543
Author Address Department of Veterinary Sciences, School of Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences (ECAV), University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), 5000-801 Vila Real,
Additional Language English
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  1. Animals
  2. Anthrozoology
  3. Attitudes
  4. Canidae
  5. Canine
  6. Carnivores
  7. Cats
  8. Countries
  9. Diseases
  10. Dogs
  11. Etiology
  12. Europe
  13. Health
  14. Hosts
  15. Human development
  16. Income
  17. Infectious diseases
  18. Knowledge
  19. Mammals
  20. Mediterranean region
  21. OECD countries
  22. open access
  23. opinions
  24. Ownership
  25. Parasites
  26. Parasitology
  27. pathogens
  28. Pests.
  29. Pets and companion animals
  30. Portugal
  31. Psychiatry and psychology
  32. public
  33. Public health
  34. reservoir hosts
  35. risk
  36. risk factors
  37. Social psychology and social anthropology
  38. vertebrates
  39. Veterinary sciences
  40. Zoology
  41. Zoonoses
  1. open access