Survey on experience with and awareness of canine pesticide exposure

This survey, for veterinary practitioners and canine care givers, is a key part of the research below. The aim of the survey is to gather information from veterinary professionals about their experience with and awareness of canine pesticide exposure, and to determine what sort of resources they would find most useful. It consists of two parts. The first should take 5 minutes or less. The second part is optional, but will take an additional 10-12 minutes.

If you would like to provide additional information, or have any questions about the survey or the work, please contact: canine.pesticide.study.2020@gmail.com

About the research

The research is a collaboration between Arcadia University, The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, University of Florida at Gainesville (FL), and Working Dogs for Conservation in the USA.

Factors such as a curious nature, free-roaming and working duties can all predispose dogs to pesticide exposure and poisoning. For this research, pesticides include: rodenticides, insecticides, fungicides, nematicides, and veterinary products such as cattle dips, pour-on flea/tick treatments and residues of euthanasia compounds. While data on canine toxicity of certain pesticides exists, such information is not yet available in one place. Two students are in the midst of an extensive literature review and data mining to gather and collate existing information to facilitate interpretation and access.

Merged data on the toxicity of varying pesticides in dogs will be useful in related investigations, diagnoses, treatment, toxicological analysis, and pesticide management. Outputs of this work will be tailored towards veterinary practices, forensic toxicologists, forensic veterinarians, pesticide users, pet dogs (and their owners) and for working dogs whose duties range from detection to agricultural sectors.

One of the goals is to develop preventive, educational resources on canine pesticide exposure and toxicity for veterinarians, pet owners and working dog groups. A tandem goal is to publish a thorough review of canine pesticide toxicity parameters, partly from review of actual veterinary case files.