What is it about?

We investigated the clinical characteristics and predictors of canine lungworm infection in dogs infected with Angiostrongylus vasorum parasite. Clinical characteristics and predictors were also compared between dogs with and without infection. The study determined which signalment (age, gender, breed), historical information and clinical examination findings are associated with naturally occurring A. vasorum in dogs in primary practice in a highly endemic area.

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Why is it important?

Our analysis revealed new risk factors that can be used to identify dog patients at higher risk for lungworm disease. This information should prove invaluable to veterinary practitioners by providing clues as to the likelihood of infection in different age groups and breeds of dog and facilitate faster recognition of infection based on clinical presentation and allow implementation of preventive strategies to combat infection.

Perspectives

The study findings provide important clues regarding the risk of infection to an individual dog, and thus may facilitate improved recognition of infection based on clinical presentation, and implementation of preventative strategies to combat Angiostrongylus vasorum infection

Hany Elsheikha
University of Nottingham

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This page is a summary of: Risk factors and predictors of angiostrongylosis in naturally infected dogs in the southeast of England, Companion Animal, September 2020, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/coan.2018.0066.
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