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Title: Awareness of tick-borne disease and compliance with using tick preventive products of dog owners in Hong Kong
Authors: Boost, MV
Tung, CY
Man, JFO
Hui, TWT
Leung, CFY
Mak, MYW 
Yuen, Q
O'Donoghue, MM 
Keywords: Babesia infection
Tick-borne disease
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Preventive veterinary medicine, 2017, v. 137, p. 97-100 How to cite?
Journal: Preventive veterinary medicine 
Abstract: Tick-borne disease in dogs is common in South-east Asia and includes babesiosis and ehrlichiosis. These diseases can be largely prevented by compliant use of tick preventive products. This study investigated knowledge of ticks and tick-borne disease and use of tick preventive agents by a large sample of dog owners in Hong Kong. A total of 492 valid questionnaires were completed by owners attending veterinary practices, approached by researchers at common dog-walking areas, or targeted via local social media sites for pet owners. A high proportion of respondents were aware of tick-borne disease (79%) and this correlated well with use of preventive products. However, 18% of owners did not use any protection, mainly due to lack of knowledge of the risk of disease. Targeted advice stressing the importance of tick protection use and frequent follow-up at veterinary clinics could help reduce the risk of tick-borne disease. It would be beneficial if veterinarians provided training of frontline staff at the clinics to ensure they provide essential information to clients in an easily understandable format.
ISSN: 0167-5877
EISSN: 1873-1716
DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2016.12.010
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