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978-3-8439-2532-7, Reihe Tiermedizin
Parasites and Vector-borne Diseases in Client-owned Dogs in Albania
131 Seiten, Dissertation Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2016), Softcover, A5
From March 2010 to April 2011 inclusive, faeces, ear swabs, ectoparasites collected by body search and full body combing, and blood samples were obtained from 602 client-owned dogs and examined for stages of endoparasites, ectoparasite infestation or presence of/exposure to vector-borne and other pathogens. Dog owners were invited to participate with their dogs in the study when attending four small animal clinics in Tirana, Albania. A questionnaire was completed for each dog in order to collect demographic and management information.
This survey is the first which evaluated the status of client-owned, veterinary-cared-for dogs from Albania for endo- and ectoparasite infections and the presence of/exposure to vector-borne diseases. Results show that dogs are at risk of a broad spectrum of parasites and bacterial vector-borne agents. These findings highlight the need for both veterinarians and dog owners to continue and to increase their efforts in the examination for and treatment of endo- and ectoparasitism including improvement of dog husbandry practices and routine prophylactic control measures.