Special Issue "Parasites in Dogs and Cats"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Companion Animals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Anna Ortuño
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Guest Editor
Dept. Sanitat Animal, Facultat de Veterinària, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Avda dels Turons, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: intestinal parasites in dogs and cats; deworming protocols; parasite control strategies in canine and feline population; shelter medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Parasites affecting dogs and cats are of concern to both medical and veterinary practicioners. On one hand, parasite infections could be a challenge to the veterinary clinician because diseases caused by these organisms could be subclinical or clinical signs could be non-specific; as a consequence, they are often misdiagnosed. On the other hand, global warming and animal movement abroad may favor the spread of some parasites to non-endemic areas, being responsible for the emergence and re-emergence of parasitic diseases. Finally, it should be noted that some parasites are potentially zoonotic and have an impact on public health, since the pet–human bond is strong and dogs and cats live in close proximity to human beings.  Parasite control may require further involvement than the administration of wide-spectrum anti-parasite drugs, and control measures addressed to the feline and canine population should reduce both animal infection and human infection in the framework of the ‘One Health’ concept.

The main purpose of this Special Issue is to gather together the most recent research on canine and feline parasitology, with special emphasis on epidemiology, diagnostics, the implementation of parasite control strategies, and the emergence and re-emergence of parasites and zoonoses. Authors are invited to submit original research papers, literature reviews, and case report articles.

Prof. Dr. Anna Ortuño
Guest Editor

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  • dogs and cats
  • epidemiology
  • diagnosis
  • parasite control strategies
  • emergence/re-emergence of parasitic diseases
  • zoonoses and one health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Survey of intestinal helminths of dogs in Slovakia with emphasis on zoonotic species
Authors: Júlia Jarošová; Daniela Antolová; Branislav Lukáč; Aladár Maďari
Affiliation: Department of Parasitic Diseases, Institute of Parasitology SAS, Hlinkova 3, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia
Abstract: Dogs are the most popular pet animals worldwide, however, frequent and close contact with people increases the risk of transmission of different zoonotic parasites. The objective of the study aimed to determine the prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths in dogs in Slovakia. A total of 495 dog fecal samples collected from pet animals, shelter animals, animals from segregated Roma settlements, hunting dogs, guard dogs, and working dogs between 2016 and 2021 were examined by flotation and molecular methods. Eggs of intestinal helminths were detected in 134 (27.1%) samples. Microscopically, six different species/genera/families, namely Toxocara canis (14.7%), Toxascaris leonina (1.6%), Trichuris vulpis (6.3%), Capillaria spp. (1.4%), Ancylostoma/Uncinaria spp. (8.3%) and taeniid eggs (4.0%) were recorded. Molecular analyses revealed the infection with Echinococcus multilocularis in 2.2% of dogs and 0.4% of animals were infected with Taenia hydatigena. E. granulosus s.s. or E. canadensis were not recorded. Species with zoonotic potential, namely T. canis, Ancylostoma/Uncinaria spp., and E. multilocularis were identified in 23.8% of samples. The results showed a close correlation between the occurrence of intestinal helminths and availability of veterinary care and anthelmintic therapy, as dogs from Roma settlements and shelter dogs were positive the significantly most often (66.7% and 39.2%, respectively) than other dog categories. On the other hand, working (police) animals were in the best health conditions in terms of helminthic infections with only 2.5% positivity. Relatively frequent occurrence of zoonotic species points out the constant need of preventive measures and regular deworming of dogs.

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