Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 55 issue 12 (december 2021) : 1491-1497

Prevalence of Intestinal Parasite Infections in Stray Dogs in Taif Region, KSA

Jamila S. Al Malki
1Department of Biology, College of Science, Taif University, P.O. Box 111099, Taif 21944, Saudi Arabia.
Cite article:- Malki Al S. Jamila (2021). Prevalence of Intestinal Parasite Infections in Stray Dogs in Taif Region, KSA. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 55(12): 1491-1497 . doi: 10.18805/IJAR.BF-1421.
Background: The study of intestinal parasites that occur in stray dogs in the Taif region, KSA, is most important since there is little data available on this subject. 
Methods: Dog fecal samples were collected from 129 dogs in three different areas. Fecal samples were processed and analyzed by different mount techniques including, parasitological examination, wet-mount preparation and modified Kinyoun’s acid-fast technique.
Result: The total prevalence of enteric parasites was 115 positive cases; for helminths was (62.7%) and for protozoa (26.3%). Mixed infection was higher than single infection in three areas. The total prevalence of helminths eggs by different mount preparation recovered from fecal sample examination from single or mixed form E. granulosus, T. canis and T. vulpis was of high infection rate (15.5%), (10.07%), (10.07%), followed by A. lumbercoides (7.7 %). Finally, T. leonine (6.9%), both A. caninum and A. braziliense are of the same percentage (6.2%). Concerning single and mixed protozoa infection, Giardia was of a high prevalence (16.2%), followed by Cryptosporidium (8.5%) and finally E. histolytica (1.5%) in fecal samples of doges. These data revealed that infection levels of parasites in stray dogs in the studied areas were high, knowing that this is the first study for mixed infections between dogs and humans in KSA.

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