Frequency of gastrointestinal parasites in dogs and cats of Londrina, PR, focusing on public health

Fernanda Pinto Ferreira, Renata Cristina Ferreira Dias, Thais Agostinho Martins, Caroline Constantino, Aline Kuhn Sbruzzi Pasquali, Odilon Vidotto, Roberta Lemos Freire, Italmar Teodorico Navarro

Abstract


The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of gastrointestinal parasites in dogs and cats of Londrina, Paraná. A survey of the results of fecal examinations, the technique of Faust, Willis, Hoffmann and / or direct examination, performed in routine Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, State University of Londrina in the period January 2000 to December 2011 and the Clinical Laboratory Veterinary January 2008 to December 2011. 2668 fecal samples were analyzed, of which 2290 (85.83%) and 378 dogs (14.17%) of cats. Of the total, 851 (37,16%) dogs and 166 (43,91%) feline samples were positive for at least one parasite. Isospora spp. was the most frequent in both species with 8.82% and 11.64% of dogs infected cats. Regarding the form of infection, 740 (86.96%) and 139 dogs (83.73%) cats had single infection, while 111 (13.04%) dogs and 27 (16.27%) cats had multiple infection gastrointestinal parasites. The ocurrence of a significant number of parasites and the close contact between animals and humans demonstrates the need for a more effective control and specific, whereas the reduction of the parasitic load of animals and thus decreases environmental exposure of humans to important zoonosis.


Keywords


Isospora; Giardia; Helminths; Protozoan.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0359.2013v34n6Supl2p3851

Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
Londrina - PR
E-ISSN 1679-0359
DOI: 10.5433/1679-0359
E-mail: semina.agrarias@uel.br
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