Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 1 - 2020
Pet Ownership, Awareness and Public Knowledge of Pet Zoonosis in Lahore, Pakistan
Muhammad Sajid, Hamidullah, Asim Khalid, Muhammad Sohail and Mehwish Malik
1Veterinary Research Center Abbottabad, Pakistan
2Asim Pet Clinic, Lahore, Pakistan
3Research Oficer, VRDIC Abbottabad, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Muhammad Sajid, Senior Research Officer, Veterinary Research and Disease Investigation Center, Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Received: November 19, 2019; Published: December 10, 2019


A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was carried out in Lahore, Pakistan to assess pet ownership and public awareness with regard to pet zoonosis. The questionnaire was designed to obtain information on pet ownership, health and welfare of pets, pet owners’ knowledge and awareness of pet zoonosis with particular emphasis on rabies and helminthes. The results demonstrated that the proportion of pet owners who knew helminthes as zoonosis in their pets (1.0%) was much low compared to rabies (30.8%). More than 85% of the pet owners indicated that veterinarians never discussed the potential hazards of zoonosis or discussed it only when asked. Over 95% of the pet owners indicated that veterinarians should discuss zoonosis with them. It was concluded that a very low proportion of pet owners were aware about pet zoonosis especially rabies. Moreover, it was depicted that some of pet owners were not aware of helminth zoonosis. Therefore, it is recommended that, further investigations are necessary to determine public knowledge of pet zoonosis in the various regions of the country.

Keywords: Zoonosis; Pets; Public Awareness; Rabies; Helminthiasis


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