Prevalence of Trichuriasis in Shelter Dogs of Kırıkkale with Emphasis on Turkish Reports

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  • Gozde Akkus
  • Sinem Akdeniz
  • Kader Yildiz

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Trichuris spp., shelter dog, faecal examination, prevalence

Abstract

The whipworm, Trichuris vulpis, dwells in the caecum and infrequently the colon in the dog. The present study aimed to detect trichuriasis in shelter dogs in Kirikkale province, Türkiye. The other reports originated from Türkiye on trichuriasis were addressed together with the results. The investigation was conducted from January through December of 2022. The faecal samples were obtained from 200 dogs (mixed breed, older than 1 year) from two different shelters in Kirikkale. The faecal samples were analysed by centrifugal flotation both zinc sulfate and saturated salt solution. Trichuris spp. eggs were only found in 0.5% of the faeces (1/200), while other parasite eggs or oocysts were found in 21.5% of the faeces examined (43/200). The eggs of Toxocara spp. (6%, 12/200), Toxascaris sp. (2.5%, 5/200), Taenia spp. (2.5%, 5/200), hookworm eggs (0.5%, 1/200), Isospora spp. oocysts (11%) (22/200) and Sarcocystis spp. sporocysts (0.5%, 1/200) were detected. Only 3/200 (1.5%) of the dogs evaluated had mixed infections. Regarding the detection of all parasite eggs and oocysts, the zinc sulfate flotation technique outperformed the flotation with saturated salt solution. Canine trichuriasis has rarely been reported in Türkiye. The results of this study also support the previous reports.

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2023-12-30

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Akkus, G., Akdeniz, S., & Yildiz, K. (2023). Prevalence of Trichuriasis in Shelter Dogs of Kırıkkale with Emphasis on Turkish Reports. International Journal of Veterinary and Animal Research (IJVAR), 6(3), 87–90. Retrieved from https://ijvar.org/index.php/ijvar/article/view/583

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