Clinical, pathological and serologic aspects of experimental toxoplasmosis in young dogs

Cláudia Bonini de Abreu, Italmar Teodorico Navarro, Mara Regina S. Balarin, Ana Paula Frederico Rodrigues Loureiro Bracarense, Elizabete Regina Marangoni Marana, Sílvia Manduca Trapp, Cristiane Ayumi Fuginaka, Leonardo Begale Prudêncio, Marcos Rodrigues Matos, Vinícius Suehiro Tsutsui

Abstract


Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, that affects all warm- blooded- animals including human beings. The lack of information about the clinical response of dogs to T. gondii infection led us to experimentally inoculate nine young dogs with three different strains of T. gondii. The animals were examine daily during 30 days. Lymph node enlargement was the only clinical alteration detected in all dogs. Ophthalmologic changes were observed in seven dogs. T. gondii was isolated in blood and urine in all dogs and the disease was confirmed histopathologically. Serologic, hematologic, and biochemical changes compatible with T. gondii infection were observed. Our findings characterize clinical and laboratory changes in toxoplasmosis in young dogs.


Keywords


Toxoplasmosis; Toxoplasma gondii; Dogs; Clinical signals.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0359.2001v22n2p123

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