ASSESSMENT OF POPULATION KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BREEDING AND MANAGEMENT OF DOGS AND CATS
The relationship between man and animal has narrowed over the years, causing them to be considered as family members. However, not all owners are aware of the correct ways of raising animals. The objective of this research was to evaluate the level of population knowledge on the ways of handling and breeding dogs and cats. The present work consists of the application of an online questionnaire to the population of Patrocínio-MG. The questionnaire included objective questions about the owner’s personal data, animal data, types of care, management and prevention of diseases. The percentage values obtained in each question were compared using the chi-square test at 5% signiÞ cance. A total of 345 dog and cat owners, residents of the city of Patrocínio -MG, participated in the research. Most of the interviewees are up to 25 years old, have secondary education and have a salary range of one minimum wage. This population has greater preference for breeding dogs, with deÞ ned breeds, adults, preferably fed wit dry feed. The owners provide multiple antiviral and rabies vaccination in animals from puppies with a booster dose annually, and deworming being carried out periodically. It is concluded that the population knows about the types of care and management of dogs and cats, providing them with the basic care needed.