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College of Science
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Most dog owners are unaware of asymptomatic infection and of the possibility of contracting zoonotic parasites from their dogs. We hypothesized that parasite infection is: associated with one or more symptoms; independent of gender and age; and independent of anthelmintic usage. Stool samples were collected from 231 dogs in Kanawha County, West Virginia, and were examined by simple fecal flotation. Parasitic prevalence was found to be 23% for Ancylostoma caninum, 8% for Trichuris vulpis, 7% for Toxocara canis, 4% for Isospora species, and 32.5% overall. There was no significant relationship between infection and gender, nor between infection and symptom for A. caninum, To. canis, and Isospora species. There were significantly more infections in puppies for A. caninum, To. canis, and Isospora species. Eighty-six percent of the dogs receiving anthelmintics were free of parasitic infection (P < 0.005). These results may lead to improved deworming protocols and awareness of dog zoonoses.
Dogs -- Diseases -- West Virginia -- Kanawha County.
Savilla, Tashina Marie, "Prevalence of intestinal parasite infection in symptomatic and asymptomatic dogs in southwestern West Virginia: the potential impact on human health" (2009). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 842.
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