Cane Toad Hunting in Dogs Questionnaire - Information for Participants
Title of study: Examination of cane toad toxin for olfactory attractiveness to dogs

Selection criteria: Owners of dogs, especially small breed terriers, with a history of mouthing or attacking cane toads which has required first aid or veterinary treatment are being sought for this survey.

Purpose of research: We are collecting information for a study to better understand cane toad hunting behaviour and toxicity in dogs.

Description of procedures: The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. You must be over 18 years of age to participate. Please complete the following questions as completely as you can.

Discomforts and risks: There are no or minimal risks to participating in this survey. Rarely, some people may find recollecting toad attacks upsetting.

Possible benefits: Cane toad poisonings are a major health problem for pet dogs in Queensland. This study will provide data on what motivates dogs to attack cane toads with the aim of developing strategies to decrease such encounters. This will improve animal welfare and reduce veterinary expenses for owners.

Confidentiality: Data from this study may be published or presented at scientific conferences, but all data will be anonymised so that individual pet owners and pets cannot be identified.

Participation: Participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to withdraw from this study at any time without penalty.

Financial obligations: There is no monetary reimbursement for participation in this study.

"This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with project staff (contactable on 07 5460 1826), if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Coordinator on 3365 3924.”

If you have any questions, please contact CI Dr Rachel Allavena:

Ph: 07 5460 1826

Thank you for helping us with our study!

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