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Title: Demographic and Ecological Survey of Dog Population in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
Authors: Otolorin, Gbeminiyi Richard
Umoh, Jarlath. U
Dzikwi, Asabe Adamu
Issue Date: 9-Apr-2014
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Abstract: Dog ecology is essential in understanding the distribution,structure,and population density of dogs and pattern of dog ownership in any given area.Across-sectional study was designed to study dog ecology in Aba,Abia state,Nigeria,from April to June 2013. The study revealed that the 500 households surveyed possessed 5,823 individuals and 747 dogs,giving a dog to human ratio of1:7.8; hence dog population in Abawas estimated to be 68,121. About 495/747(66.3%) of the dogs were exoticand 465/747(62.2%)were males.A total of 319/500(63.8%)ofthehouseholdshadfencesthatrestraineddogmovementandtherewasnoincidenceofdog bite in 447/500(89.4%)ofthehouseholdssurveyed.Therewerestatisticalassociationsbetweenvaccinationagainstantirabiesand breeds of dogs(𝜒2 = 79.8,df=2 , 𝑃 < 0.005).Exotic breed(adjustedOR = 0.39;CI= 0.23–0.65)and local breed of dogs(adjusted OR = 0.08; CI= 0.04–0.14) had less odds of being vaccinated as compared to crossbreed of dogs. About 126 dogs (2.5 dogs per street)wereestimatedfromstreetcountssurvey.Therelativehighdogtohumanratioandlowvaccinationcoverageofowneddogs populationposepublichealthconcernsrequiringadequatepublichealtheducationandproperantirabiesvaccinationcoverageof dogs in the study area.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2668
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