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Table 3 Evaluation of replies to questions asked by telephone interview regarding the environment the dogs lived in

From: Increased prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi infections in Bernese Mountain Dogs: a possible breed predisposition

   Bernese Mountain Dogs Control dogs
   number of dogs B. burgdorferi positive [%] number of dogs B. burgdorferi positive [%]
Was the area you lived in rural or urban1 Rural 136 59 37 11
  Urban 6 50 10 30
Did your dogs have access to the house or did he live only in a kennel? Access to house 127 56 41 17
  Kennel only 16 81 6 0
Had your dogs access to a run? Yes 136 60 45 16
  No 7 43 2 0
Could your dog escape from the house or the run? Yes 28 50 4 0
  No 115 61 43 16
How often did you walk the dog a day? 1 time 68 62 18 11
  2 times 51 57 16 19
  3 times 20 50 8 0
  >3 times 3 67 5 40
What percentage (%) of time did you spend in the woods on your walks?2 Range 0–100   0–100  
  Median 50   50  
  1. 1Significant difference between Bernese Mountain Dogs and control dogs (p = 0.001).
  2. 2Bernese Mountain Dogs with antibodies against B. burgdorferi spent a significantly higher percentage of time in the woods on walks than those without (p = 0.049).