Development and validation of two questionnaires: Dental home care and dental health in Swedish dogs
Journal article, 2019

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Background: Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in dogs. However, no studies have investigated the attitudes, opinions and practices of dog owners, veterinarians and veterinary nurses regarding dental health and preventative dental home care in dogs. The objective of this study was therefore to develop and validate questionnaires for this purpose, in accordance with survey methodology guidelines. Methods: Questionnaire items were determined based on the authors' academic knowledge and clinical experience, and modified throughout the validation process. Several measures were taken to reduce sampling, coverage, measurement and non-response errors. Content validity was assessed by Subject-Matter Experts (SME) and cognitive interviews were conducted in accordance with the “think-aloud protocol”. Non-response analysis was performed using several methods. Results: Constructs were identified using exploratory factor analysis and two predefined constructs from the dog owner questionnaire were confirmed “Dog owners' attitudes towards brushing their dog's teeth” (Cronbach's α = 0.86) and “Dog owners' assessment of their dog's dental health” (α = 0.76). Additionally, exploratory factor analysis identified three potential constructs. In the veterinary health practitioner questionnaire, two constructs were identified: “Veterinary health practitioners' attitudes towards dental chews and dental feed” (α = 0.78) and “Veterinary health practitioners' attitudes and opinions on dental problems and dental cleaning” (α = 0.73). Non-response analysis showed a higher proportion of women in the sample of dog owners and veterinarians compared to the target populations. Veterinarians in the sample were also younger. In contrast, gender and age distributions in veterinary nurses did not differ between sample and target. Conclusion: The validation presented in this work showed that the developed questionnaires could be used as accurate and reliable tools for measuring attitudes and practices regarding dental home care in dogs among Swedish dog owners, veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

Author

Karolina Brunius Enlund

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Anicura Albano Animal Hospital

Carl Brunius

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science

Jeanette Hanson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Ragnvi Hagman

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Odd Viking Höglund

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Pia Gustås

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Ann Pettersson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

PLoS ONE

1932-6203 (ISSN)

Vol. 14 1 e0204581

Subject Categories

Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Nursing

Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0204581

PubMed

30682017

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