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A Walk in the Park: Zoonotic Risks Associated with Dogs that Frequent Dog Parks in Southern Ontario

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Title: A Walk in the Park: Zoonotic Risks Associated with Dogs that Frequent Dog Parks in Southern Ontario
Author: Procter, Theresa D.
Department: Population Medicine
Program: Population Medicine
Advisor: Pearl, David L.Sargeant, Jan M.
Abstract: A cross-sectional study investigated the shedding of zoonotic organisms (Campylobacter, Giardia, and Salmonella) and antimicrobial resistant generic E. coli in dogs that visited dog parks in southern Ontario. Logistic regression models were constructed to identify risk factors. Factors for the shedding of Campylobacter spp. included consumption of a commercial dry diet, exposure to compost, and age. Factors for the shedding of C. upsaliensis included outdoor water access and age. A risk factor for ampicillin resistance was attending a dog day care. For resistance to at least one antimicrobial, factors included attending a dog day care, breed size, consumption of a commercial dry diet and consumption of a homemade cooked diet. For multiclass resistance, exposure to compost, breed size, and consumption of a commercial dry diet were identified. Park was not significant in any model. Dogs that visit dog parks shed organisms that may pose a human health risk.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3934
Date: 2012-08


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