General Information for Atlantic Canada

The findings in 1998 for Atlantic Canada are presented in one figure and two tables and a few comments about these should be made.

1. In 1998, 133 questionnaires were sent out and at present 61 have been returned, but 5 were rejected for reasons indicated above (43.8% response). For those responding, 98% indicated a willingness to complete a questionnaire if it was offered again. There were 26 questionnaires from Nova Scotia (40.6% response), 17 from New Brunswick (39.5% response), 7 from Prince Edward Island (70% response) and 6 from Newfoundland (54.5% response).

2. The 5 dogs with HW were diagnosed in Greenwood, Halifax, Wileville and Wolfville, NS, and Saint John, NB and four of the dogs had not been on a preventive medication. In NS, 1 dog (Wolfville) had never left the area, 2 (Halifax and Wileville) had been in another province and 1 (Greenwood) had been outside Canada. In NB, the dog (Saint John) was outside Canada but in 1995.

3. There were 4337 dogs tested in 1998 (6084 in 1997). About 82% of the respondents used antigen techniques, 6% used microfilariae recovery procedures and 24% submitted samples to a central diagnostic lab.

4. In these surveys, I had requested respondents to indicate whether the data provided for the several questions in the questionnaire were taken from medical records (Question 25, Table 1). You should note that the answers reported especially for Questions 19, 20 and 21 are approxi-mations and only 29% of the respondents provided data for those questions from medical records.