Indian Journal of Community Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 89--91

Prevalence of pet dog ownership in an urban colony of East Delhi and awareness regarding canine zoonotic diseases and responsible pet ownership among dog owners


Vinu Cherian1, Preeti Dugg2, Amir Maroof Khan3 
1 Department of Community Medicine, Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, DY Patil School of Medicine, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Amir Maroof Khan
Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, New Delhi
India

Background: India has lowly prioritized pet-associated zoonosis as a public health priority because data regarding the same and the susceptible population involved are sparse. Objective: To find the proportion of pet dog ownership in a settled urban colony of East Delhi and to assess awareness regarding canine zoonotic diseases and responsible pet ownership. Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study of 700 participants in an urban colony of East Delhi. Results: The proportion of pet dog owners was 5.4%. Only one-third (34.2%) of the respondents were aware that pets are a source of disease. A majority of pet owners (86.8%) identified rabies as a disease caused by the bite of only stray dogs. The proportion of responsible pet owners was 39.4%. Only one-tenth of surveyed households had registered their pet with the local municipal authorities, despite such registration being a compulsory requirement by law. Conclusion: This study provides us with a better understanding of the lacunae in awareness of zoonotic diseases and its preventive measures among pet owners. All pet owners have a responsibility to ensure that their pets are healthy and free from disease.


How to cite this article:
Cherian V, Dugg P, Khan AM. Prevalence of pet dog ownership in an urban colony of East Delhi and awareness regarding canine zoonotic diseases and responsible pet ownership among dog owners.Indian J Community Med 2020;45:89-91


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Cherian V, Dugg P, Khan AM. Prevalence of pet dog ownership in an urban colony of East Delhi and awareness regarding canine zoonotic diseases and responsible pet ownership among dog owners. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 12 ];45:89-91
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