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Scirj Volume VII, Issue VIII, August 2019 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Prevalence of Zoonotic Gastrointestinal Helminth Parasites (ZGIHP) of Dogs Presented to the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State

PER Msugh Felix, IKYE-TOR Philomina Mde, UWONDO, Aliko Emmanuel; ESONU, Daniel Obinna

Abstract: Dogs are the most common pet animals worldwide and have been reported to be hosts of many intestinal parasites of zoonotic importance globally. In Nigeria, gastrointestinal helminthes of dogs is currently endemic in 20 of the 36 states including Benue state.Out of 97 samples analysed 32 (32.99%) were positive of at least one of the parasites over a period of 4 months (October 2016 - January 2017). There was higher occurrence of single infection 28(87.5%) than concurrent mixed infections 4(12.5%). The Helminth parasites recovered from dog’s faeces were Ancylostoma caninum 30(30.93%) and Dipylidium caninum 6 (6.12%). There was no significant difference in prevalence with respect to age (P=0.300), breed (P=0.137), sex (P=0.538), month (P=0.443) and location (P=0.540). However, there was higher prevalence in young, local, male dogs.This study showed that there is high prevalence of ZGIHP of dogs in Makurdi. This can be a potential source of infection to other healthy dogs and humans.There is a need to continuously carryout public enlightenment campaign on the dangers of infection with helminthes by the appropriate agencies. A wider study should be carried out for a longer period to cover all seasons and possible dog ownership in the city.

Reference this Paper: Prevalence of Zoonotic Gastrointestinal Helminth Parasites (ZGIHP) of Dogs Presented to the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State by PER Msugh Felix, IKYE-TOR Philomina Mde, UWONDO, Aliko Emmanuel; ESONU, Daniel Obinna published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VII, Issue VIII, August 2019 Edition, Page 73-77 ".

Search Terms: Helminths, Prevalence, Faecal samples, Makurdi, Nigeria

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