Prevalence of intestinal parasites in shelter and hunting dogs in Catalonia, Northeastern Spain

Anna Ortuño, Valeria Scorza, Joaquim Castellà, Mike Lappin

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Abstract

To compare the prevalence of intestinal parasites in shelter and hunting dogs in Catalonia, Northeastern Spain, fresh faecal samples from 81 shelter dogs and 88 hunting dogs were collected and analysed by faecal flotation. The overall prevalence of intestinal parasites was 71.6% in each population. In the shelter dog group, 67.9% of dogs were positive for intestinal protozoa and 9.8% were positive for helminths. In the hunting dog group, 20.4% of dogs were positive for intestinal protozoa and 63.6% were positive for helminths. A subset of Giardia-positive samples was evaluated by PCR; Giardia assemblages C or D were detected. These results suggest that comprehensive parasite control measures should be implemented in both shelter and hunting dogs in Catalonia. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-467
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume199
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Giardia
  • Hunting dogs
  • Intestinal helminths
  • Prevalence
  • Shelter dogs

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