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Prevalence of ectoparasites in dogs of Shimoga, Karnataka

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:C. M. Krishna-murthy, Ananda, K. J., Adeppa, J.
Journal:Journal of Parasitic Diseases
Pagination:167 - 170
Date Published:Jan-03-2017
Keywords:dogs, Ecto-parasites, prevalence, Shimoga

A study was carried out to ascertain the status of ecto-parasites infesting dogs of Shimoga region. A total of 120 dogs with the history of skin problems presented to the local hospitals and local pet clinics of Shimoga region were screened for different ecto-parasites. The ticks, fleas and lice were collected, processed and identified. The skin scrapings were also collected from the affected dogs and processed for identification of mites. Out of 120 dogs examined, 59 (49.1 %) had harboured ecto-parasites. Among 59 infested pet dogs, 22 (37.28 %) positive for Fleas, 18 (30.5 %) for ticks, 09 (15.2 %) for Lice, 07 (11.8 %) for Sarcoptic mange and 03 (5.0 %) were for Demodectic mange conditions. The two species of fleas were identified as Ctenocephalides canis 13 (59 %) and Ctenocephalides felis 9 (41 %). The ticks and lice species were identified as Riphicephalus sanguineus and Tri- chodectus canis respectively. The mite species infecting dogs were identified as Sarcoptes scabeii and Demodex canis based on the morphological character. The Preva- lence of ectoparasites was more in stray and adults dogs compared to pet dogs and puppies respectively.

Short Title:J Parasit Dis
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