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Aust Vet J. 2007 Oct;85(10):389-91.

The influence of the full moon on the number of accessions to an animal emergency centre.

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  • 1University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee VIC 3030, Australia. tmcalees@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test the hypothesis that the number of animal emergency centre accessions is associated with the time of the full moon.

DESIGN AND PROCEDURE:

Retrospective study. A comparison was made of the number of accessions to the University of Melbourne Animal Emergency Centre in the period February 2003 to January 2006 on full moon and non-full moon days, adjusted for day of the week and public holiday. A three day period with the day of the full moon as the middle day was taken to be a full moon period.

RESULTS:

A total of 12,102 animals were presented to the Centre in this time. An adjusted count ratio of 1.048 (95% CI 0.97 to 1.14; P = 0.26) for accessions on full moon days compared with those on non-full moon days indicated that there was no significant association between the full moon and the number of accessions per day.

CONCLUSION:

There was no significant difference between the number of animals presented to the University of Melbourne Animal Emergency Centre on full moon days and non-full moon days.

PMID:
17903124
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