Exploring factors related to dog owners’ willingness to Vaccinate their pets against rabies in Grenada (Derek Thomas)

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Abstract

Rabies is endemic in Grenada, maintained primarily in wild mongoose populations. Rabies exposure costs the government of Grenada approximately $ 500 per person exposed. In the past five years 7 people have been treated for rabies exposure. Current estimates indicate only about 25% of the dog population is vaccinated annually during the vaccination campaigns, despite over 30 years of national vaccination campaigns.

 The objectives of this study were to explore the factors influencing dog owner’s willingness to vaccinate their dogs and to evaluate the annual anti-rabies vaccination program and develop improved communication strategies.

 The survey instrument was designed to gather information about dog owner’s intentions to vaccinate their dogs at the annual anti-rabies vaccination drive in their area. Questionnaire measures included: behavioral, normative and control beliefs; risk perception, attitudes, past behavior, intentions, and demographics. 132 dog owners were randomly selected.

 People seem to be aware of the risk posed by rabies and they see vaccination as an effective way to protect their pets. The reasons for decreased participation in vaccination and different recommendations for future vaccination campaigns have been identified following this study.

 
 

Authors:

 Thomas, D1*, Delgado, A2 , Lefrançois , T. 3, Shaw, J. 4, Louison, B1

 1 Veterinary and  Livestock Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministerial Complex,Tanteen St. George’s, Grenada, W. I. ;

2 Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Ap Postal 55-2200, San Isidro, Vasquez de Coronado, San Jose, Costa Rica ;

3CIRAD UMR CMAEE, Prise d’eau, 97170 Petit Bourg, Guadeloupe, French West Indies ; 

4USDA/APHIS/US Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

* dennisdthomas@yahoo.com /

 

 

 

 

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