Table 4

Demographics, animal husbandry, attachment and practices of fish and bird-owning households (Ontario, Canada)
Variable Fish (N=53) Bird (N=22)
NR N (%) NR N (%)
Household Demographics
Child under 16 yrs living in household 53 34 (64.2) 22 8 (36.4)
Child under 5 yrs living in household 53 10 (18.9) 22 1 (4.6)
Adult ≥ 65 yrs living in household 53 2 (3.8) 22 4 (18.2)
Individual living in household ever diagnosed 42 15 (35.7) 20 7 (35.0)
with an immunocompromising condition
Individual < 5 yrs, ≥ 65 yrs, or ever diagnosed 45 24 (53.3) 21 12 (57.1)
with an immunocompromising condition
Previous receipt of pet-associated zoonotic disease 47 14 (29.8) 21 7 (33.3)
education1
Housing cleaned2 52 21
 Daily 1 (1.9) 4 (19.1)
 Every several days 1 (1.9) 3 (14.3)
 Weekly 17 (32.7) 8 (38.1)
 Every 2 weeks 12 (23.1) 3 (14.3)
Greater than every 2 weeks 21 (40.4) 3 (14.3)
Dump aquarium water 50 NA
 Toilet 20 (40.0) NA
 Bathtub or shower 3 (6.0) NA
 Kitchen sink 12 (24.0) NA
 Bathroom sink 8 (16.0) NA
 Outside 19 (38.0) NA
 Other 3 (6.0) NA
Household’s emotional attachment to pet 50 21
 Very attached 5 (10.0) 6 (28.6)
 Somewhat attached 22 (44.0) 10 (47.6)
 Not very attached 19 (38.0) 5 (23.8)
 Not at all attached 4 (8.0) 0
Any children ever clean the animal’s housing2 33 10 (30.3) 8 3 (37.5)
 Wear gloves when cleaning 10 0 3 1 (33.3)
 Wash hands after cleaning 10 9 (90.0) 3 2 (66.6)
Children touch the pet (or water for fish) 30 12 (40.0) 8 4 (50.0)
 Children wash hands after touching 12 4
  Always 4 (33.3) 2 (50.0)
  Usually 4 (33.3) 1 (25.0)
  Sometimes 3 (25.0) 0
  Never 1 (8.3) 1 (25.0)
Children’s emotional attachment to the pet 30 8
 Very attached 3 (10.0) 1 (12.5)
 Somewhat attached 14 (46.7) 6 (75.0)
 Not very attached 12 (40.0) 1 (12.5)
 Not at all attached 1 (3.3) 0

1Respondent recalled having ever received information from any source about diseases that they can get from pets or precautions to take with pets to reduce the risk of disease.

2“Housing” refers to aquaria (fish) and cages (birds).

NR: Number responding to question. Blank and “don’t know” responses were excluded.

NA: Not asked.

Stull et al.

Stull et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:520   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-520

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