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Table 2 Results of dog and cat questionnaires including percentages as shown in McNamara et al. [29]

From: Survey of German pet owners quantifying endoparasitic infection risk and implications for deworming recommendations

  Dog dataset (N = 500) Cat dataset (N = 500)
Owner gender 318 female, 182 male 311 female, 189 male
Mean owner age ± SD (range) in years 44.5 ± 13.62 (18–81) 44.5 ± 13.96 (18–78)
Animal > six months of age, n/N (%) 486/500 (97.2) 493/500 (98.6)
Contact with children/elderly, n/N (%) 455/500 (91.0) 336/500 (67.2)
Kept only indoors, n/N (%) na 249/500 (49.8)
Goes outdoors, but garden only, n/N (%) 110/500 (22.0) na
Goes off-lead (those that go outside the garden), n/N (%) 296/390 (75.9) na
Hunts (those that go outdoors), n/N (%) na 222/251 (88.4)
Catches prey (those that go outdoors), n/N (%) 95/500 (19.0) 214/251 (85.3)
Contact with dogs of other households, snails or prey, n/N (%) 446/500 (89.2) na
Eats slugs, snails, grass or digs in garden, n/N (%) 334/500 (66.8) na
Eats raw meat (those that do not go outside unsupervised or catch prey), n/N (%) 158/405 (39.0) 90/286 (31.5)
Mean no. of annual dewormings ± SD (range) 2.1 ± 1.42 (0–12) 1.7 ± 1.33 (0–12)
  1. Abbreviations: n, number of positive answers; N, number of people questioned, na, not applicable (dog only or cat only questions, respectively)