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Table 2 Variable modifications for the statistical analysis

From: Survey of otitis externa in American Cocker Spaniels in Finland

Variable Categories Action
Age of onset of signs “Less than 3 months”, “3 months to less than 6 months”, “6 months to less than 12 months” Combined to “less than 1 year”
Recurrence of signs of otitis “Less than 1 week”, “1 week to less than 2 weeks”, “2 weeks to less than 4 weeks” Combined to “less than 4 weeks”
Ear inspection frequency “Once a week”, “once every 2 weeks”, “more seldom” Combined to “once a week or more seldom”
Frequency of shaving the dog´s pinnae and cheeks “Once every fortnight”, “biannually”, “once a year”,”never” Combined
Rapidness of seeking veterinary advice “1–3 days after noticing signs of otitis”, “4–7 days after noticing signs of otitis” Combined
Rapidness of seeking veterinary advice “8–14 days after noticing signs of otitis”, “I did not seek veterinary advice” Combined
  1. The data were collected from the American cocker spaniel owner questionnaire