Saturday 21 September 2019

Revealed: The Irish county where people are most likely to dance with their dogs

  • 80pc of Irish owners would say hello to their dog when they come home
  • 33pc dance with their dog
Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.
Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.
Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.

Callum Lavery

A man's best friend? Tipperary dog owners are the most likely to dance with and talk to their dog about the weather, a recent survey has found.

The survey, conducted by drug giant MSD (formerelly Merch, Sharp and Dohme), interviewed nearly 550 pet owners about their dogs.

They found that while Tipperary owners were happy to chat and boogie with their canines, Galway owners were the least likely to talk to their pets and only 9pc of Kildare owners said they would dance with their own mans-best-friend.

The study also found that Derry dog owners were amongst the most likely to share food with their dog, with 57pc responding affirmatively to the survey question, compared to a national figure of 32. While Kildare dog owners were the least likely to share food (9pc).

The survey was conducted ahead of MSD’s Parasite Awareness Week, an event intended to spread awareness to pet owners on pet health and how to treat parasites like fleas and ticks.

Ambassador for the event, Irish rugby star Gordon D’Arcy is calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and families from fleas and ticks and their disasterous doggy diseases.

Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.
Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.

Gordon thought of his own dog Albert when urging all pet owners to have their dogs treated.

"I know that our Leonberger, Albert, is treated like one of the family in our house," he said.

"We have young children who absolutely adore him and love to cuddle and play with him. We don’t take any chances when it comes to parasite protection for this reason, and we take our vet’s advice on treating against parasites throughout the year.

"It’s not worth taking the risk as humans can pick up nasty diseases from pet parasites. I feel passionately about my dog’s health and wellbeing, so I’m glad to be part of this awareness raising campaign."

Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.
Rugby legend Gordon D’Arcy has come on board MSD Animal Health’s Parasite Awareness Campaign as an ambassador, calling on dog owners to ‘Pawse and Protect’ their dogs and their families from common parasites like ticks and fleas.

Research conducted by MSD found that dogs are often considered part of the family with 63pc of those surveyed saying that they allowed their mutts to lie on the sofa, while 37pc said they had their dog sleep in their own bed.

Of those surveyed 62pc were not aware that a flea infestation is 95pc within the home with only 5pm visible on the affected pet.

Kevin Whelan from MSD Animal Health commented on the findings, saying; "Whenever we share so much with our pets, it is imperative that we understand the risks associated with fleas and ticks and how they can impact on your home and family.

"Dog fleas can also bite humans, ticks can be passed on from dogs, and some dog worms can also affect people, so failing to protect your pets is effectively leaving the door open to these unpleasant pests."

Kevin continued; "We recommend that pet owners ask their vet for advice on longer lasting treatment options against common parasites, as this means that your pet will be protected for longer and it’s one less thing to think about. You can also ask your vet about signing up to a regular reminder service."

In the survey, 65pc of people admitted to sometimes or often forgetting to give flea treatment to their dogs with 38pc waiting until they saw their dog scratching before administering flea treatment.

One in five had noticed fleas on their pet within the last year while one in three had previously found a tick on their dog.

A total of 53pc of those surveyed didn’t know that some dog worms can affect people, and only 34pc of respondents were aware that Lyme disease affects dogs.

Among the important research carried out by MSD, the company also found out how pet owners acted around their animals.

Around 80pc of owners said hello to their dog when they come home, while 33pc danced with their dog.

Finally, Mayo dog owners were the least likely to let their dog lick their face (17pc), with the national response coming in at 40pc while Clare owners were fond of our wet nosed friends with 67pc of respondents said they would allow their dog to lick their nose no problem.

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