Funding for this research was provided by:
Università degli Studi di Sassari
Received: 6 October 2020
Accepted: 8 November 2020
First Online: 17 November 2020
Compliance with ethical standards
: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
: This study was executed following the recommendations of European Council Directive (86/609/EEC) on the protection of animals. All dog owners were informed about the research protocol and signed an informed consent allowing for sample and data collection.