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Table 2 Pet and animal contact-related attitudes of survey respondents (Ontario, Canada; N = 641)

From: Household knowledge, attitudes and practices related to pet contact and associated zoonoses in Ontario, Canada

Variables Number respondents (N) Pet currently present in household P-value2
   Yes, N (%)1 No, N (%)1  
How concerned are you that household children could catch a disease from your pets or pets of friends or family?3
  268    0.001
Very concerned   9 (5) 10 (12)  
Concerned   9 (5) 8 (9)  
Somewhat concerned   14 (8) 13 (15)  
Minimally concerned   69 (38) 29 (34)  
Not at all concerned   81 (45) 26 (30)  
How concerned are you that you could catch a disease from your pets or pets of friends or family?3
  612    <0.001
Very concerned   12 (3) 14 (7)  
Concerned   18 (4) 21 (10)  
Somewhat concerned   29 (7) 29 (14)  
Minimally concerned   140 (35) 59 (28)  
Not at all concerned   204 (51) 86 (41)  
Pets are an important part of the family
  618    < 0.001
Strongly agree   340 (84) 76 (36)  
Somewhat agree   62 (15) 101 (48)  
Somewhat disagree   4 (1) 20 (9)  
Strongly disagree   1 (0.3) 14 (7)  
Benefits of owning a pet are greater than any health risks that occur with owning a pet
  601    <0.001
Strongly agree   242 (61) 56 (28)  
Somewhat agree   108 (27) 79 (39)  
Somewhat disagree   37 (9) 37 (18)  
Strongly disagree   11 (3) 31 (15)  
Removal of one or more of my pets would negatively affect people in my household
  401    
Strongly agree   300 (75) ----  
Somewhat agree   73 (18) ----  
Somewhat disagree   18 (4) ----  
Strongly disagree   10 (2) ----  
  1. 1 Percentages in column may not sum to 100 % due to rounding.
  2. 2 P-value for non-parametric Cuzick test of trend.
  3. 3 Category “no contact with pets” removed from analysis due to low frequency.