Arrived at the Veterinary Clinic Costa Brava Cori, a Greyhound female, 5 years old. As many Greyhound, has not had an easy life so far, has been abandoned and has spent much time in kennels and homes of volunteers. Luckily found a place to live and an owner who cares much.
Besides the general state reflecting the plight that had until now, one particular thing worried her owner: Cori had a strong obsession with her legs, licking and biting them continually, to the point of triggering serious injuries that caused lameness . After trying several treatments that solved the problem only temporarily, the owner of Cori came to our center.
After careful examination, several samples of the lesions were taken and the microscope showed the presence of a larva in motion that by shape, size and location was considered compatible with hookworm Uncinaria stenocephala or Ancylostoma caninum, intestinal parasites that exceptionally may be responsible of parasitic pododermatitis. Adults of these parasites normally live in the digestive tract of our animals, remove the eggs with the feces ingestion or aspiration that can infect the intestines of animals. A stool test of feces confirmed the presence of these parasites also in the intestine.
In some hygienic situations, humidity, temperature etc …. egg can develop larvae that can survive in soil and penetrate the skin of animals and infest them externally.
The treatment of choice was correct and repeated internal deworming Cori and all animals living with her and antibiotic treatment for possible secondary bacterial infections and local priests. The owner made all the therapy correctly and within a week began to see a significant improvement in physical and psychological condition until a virtually perfect in a month.
The pododermatitis parasitic larva migrans is not a common disease in animals living at home and in normal sanitary conditions. It is more common in kennels, nurseries, residence etc … especially when you add other factors that may predispose to develop this disease (contact with infected dogs, poor body condition, immunosuppression, stress, etc ….).
The most common form of infestation of these parasites in our animals is in the intestine. This can cause several more or less serious problems including thinning, from occasional to severe diarrhea, anemia, loss of essential proteins and vitamins for the body, immune reactions etc … Intestinal parasites are a threat to our animals and even us, we speak of zoonoses, ie the possible transmission of disease from animal to man.
For the welfare of your pet and to make the most of the coexistence of our friends is essential to follow the guidelines that all veterinary deworming recommend: every 3 months is important to remember to provide our pets a veterinary antiparasitic by weight or even in some particular situations more often. In the market there are many types of products compatible with our needs and our animal to perform with ease, efficiency and easy treatment, even palatable tablets that our pets eat voluntarily and effortlessly thanking us as only they know how to do!