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Companion Animal Practice
Endoparasites in the dog and cat
  1. Maggie Fisher

    Maggie Fisher graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1986. She is an independent consultant in veterinary parasitology, based in Worcestershire, and divides her time between research, teaching and writing. She has recently received funding from Petsavers to carry out an epidemiological study into the prevalence of patent helminth and protozoal infections in British cats.

2. Protozoa


THERE is a wide array of protozoal organisms which cause various diseases in dogs and cats, ranging from the exotic to the dangerous. With the large number of animals now travelling into and out of the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), practitioners are more likely to encounter non-endemic protozoal infections; such diseases can cause severe or fatal disease in some cases. This article reviews the current understanding of the protozoa affecting dogs and cats and describes an approach to diagnosis and control. The prevention and treatment of helminth infections was discussed in an earlier article (Fisher 2001).

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