A comparison between the disease status of hospitalized dogs from developed and those from developing communities

Eckersley, G. N. and Hohn, E. and Reyers, Fred and Turner, G. V. and Wolmarans, L. (1992) A comparison between the disease status of hospitalized dogs from developed and those from developing communities. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, 63 (1). pp. 2-6. ISSN 1019-9128

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Abstract

The health status of canine populations within developed and those within developing communities was studied in a retrospective survey and compared. There were significant differences in the prevalence of disease amongst the hospitalised dogs from the 2 communities. Dogs from developing communities were mainly young cross-bred dogs which suffered from infectious diseases (44), trauma (22) and parasitic diseases (11). There was a high mortality rate (30) and 82 of these patients suffered from diseases that could have been prevented. The dogs from developed communities were mainly adult or old pure-bred dogs that suffered mainly from organ diseases (57). There was a low mortality rate (10) while only 31 suffered from diseases that could have been prevented. Based on the epidemiological findings, it was evident that owners of dogs in the developing communities required education in primary and secondary prevention of disease.

Keywords:animal, article, comparative study, developing country, dog, dog disease, hospitalization, retrospective study, rural population, South Africa, urban population, Animal, Developing Countries, Dog Diseases, Dogs, Retrospective Studies, Urban Population
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:8455
Deposited On:31 Mar 2013 11:40

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