Awareness of tick-borne disease and compliance with using tick preventive products of dog owners in Hong Kong

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Maureen V. Boost
  • Choi-yin Tung
  • Claudia Hoi-Ki Ip
  • July Fung-oi Man
  • Toni Wing-tung Hui
  • And 4 others
  • Candy Fung-yee Leung
  • Maggie Yuen-wa Mak
  • Queeny Yuen
  • Margaret M. O'Donoghue

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Journal / PublicationPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Volume137
Online published21 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

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.

Research Area(s)

  • Babesia infection, Compliance, Prevention, Tick-borne disease

Bibliographic Note

The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) has been integrated under the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (CVMLS) since July 2017.

Citation Format(s)

Awareness of tick-borne disease and compliance with using tick preventive products of dog owners in Hong Kong. / Boost, Maureen V.; Tung, Choi-yin; Ip, Claudia Hoi-Ki; Man, July Fung-oi; Hui, Toni Wing-tung; Leung, Candy Fung-yee; Mak, Maggie Yuen-wa; Yuen, Queeny; O'Donoghue, Margaret M.

In: Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 137, 01.02.2017, p. 97-100.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review