Diseases of feral dogs: Threat to wild tigers?
Results/Conclusions: Our surveys found that most of these dogs are communally owned, largely unvaccinated, and in poor health. Still, they reach high densities and frequently enter the Reserve where they come in contact with wild carnivores. Our preliminary studies found that 85% of the dogs were sero-positive for CPV, 43% were positive for CDV and 52% were positive for, CAV representing past infections and not necessarily current infectivity. None were sero-positive for rabies, though infected individuals would be expected to die quickly and not be detected. We opportunistically examined samples from various wild carnivores, and are comparing the genetic composition of pathogens that jump species and calculating the odds ratio of infection at the carnivore metacommunity level. Our work to date suggests that tigers and other wild carnivores are at a risk from diseases carried by these feral dogs.