Introduction: Dogs are a reservoir for a very huge number of endo and ectoparasites. These parasites not only affect the dogs health and wellbeing but are important zoonotic agents.
Aim: To know the situation of the most common parasites present in Tetova region and the public health concern from them.
Material and Methods: During 2017 a total of 264 dogs are tested for the presence of endoparasites with the centrifugation-flotation technique and for the presence of ectoparasites by a complete examination of the skin.
Results: In our study we observed that the potential zoonotic genera of parasites found in dogs and their percentage were: Ancylostoma caninum (26,8%), Trichuris vulpis (17,1%), Toxocara canis (8,5%). The most
common ectoparasites found were ticks Rhipicephalus sanguineus on 60 dogs (34,2%) followed by Ixodes ricinus in 23 dogs (13,1%). The endoparasite Angiostrongylus vasorum was found only in 1 case.
Conclusion: The present study determines the most common parasites found in dogs of Tetova region, Macedonia. While some dog parasites are highly host-specific, several dog parasites as Ancylostoma caninum
or Toxocara canis are important from the veterinary and human perspective. This article presents the situation of some parasites of the region studied and some important information regarding public health concerns and a better management of some zoonotic parasites.
Keywords: dogs, ecto – endo parasites, zoonosis.
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