Demographics, distribution, ownership and naming patterns of pets presented to a mobile clinic for sterilisation in Namibia

Journal of the South African Veterinary Association


 
 
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Title Demographics, distribution, ownership and naming patterns of pets presented to a mobile clinic for sterilisation in Namibia
 
Creator Baines, Ian J.M. Baines, Sharon Mushonga, Borden Gorejena, Brighton Mbiri, Priscilla Samkange, Alaster Kandiwa, Erick Madzingira, Oscar
 
Subject veterinary; clinic; dogs; cats Namibia; mobile clinic; sterilisation; dogs and cat; ownership.
Description This study analysed the demographics, spatial distribution, ownership and naming patterns of dogs and cats presented to the University of Namibia’s veterinary mobile clinic for sterilisation from small underserved towns around Namibia. The proportional distribution of pets was determined based on species, sex, age, owner gender, town of origin and naming categories. Overall, 84.4% (n = 2909) of the animals presented for sterilisation were dogs and the remainder were cats (15.6%, n = 539). Of the dogs presented for sterilisation, 51.9% (n = 1509) were male and 48.1% (n = 1400) were female. In cats, 51.4% (n = 277) were male, whilst 48.6% (n = 262) were female. Overall, the majority of pets (68.2%) were presented for sterilisation from urban areas than rural areas (31.8%). About 49.8% of men and 24.2% of women that presented pets for sterilisation came from urban areas, whilst 20.1% of the women and 11.7% of the men that presented pets for sterilisation were from rural areas. Of all the pets presented for sterilisation, the majority were male-owned (64%, n = 2206). Pets were mainly presented for sterilisation at 2 years (41.1%), 2 to 4 years (32.4%) and 4 to 6 years (15.4%). The naming of pets was mainly after people (42.4%), circumstances (20.6%) and appearance (15.5%). This community engagement exercise yielded valuable demographic data indicating that pet origin, sex and species and owner gender were important factors in determining the voluntary presentation of pets for sterilisation in the study area.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor Have a Heart Foundation University of Namibia
Date 2020-04-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jsava.v91i0.2006
 
Source Journal of the South African Veterinary Association; Vol 91 (2020); 8 pages 2224-9435 1019-9128
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://jsava.co.za/index.php/jsava/article/view/2006/2520 https://jsava.co.za/index.php/jsava/article/view/2006/2519 https://jsava.co.za/index.php/jsava/article/view/2006/2521 https://jsava.co.za/index.php/jsava/article/view/2006/2518
 
Coverage Namibia — sex; gender
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Ian J.M. Baines, Sharon Baines, Borden Mushonga, Brighton Gorejena, Priscilla Mbiri, Alaster Samkange, Erick Kandiwa, Oscar Madzingira https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0