Canine pulmonary angiostrongylosis: an update

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Canine pulmonary angiostrongylosis is an emerging snail-borne disease causing verminous pnemonia and coagulopathy in dogs. The parasite is fund in Europe, North and South America and Africa, covering tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. Its distribution has been characterised by isolated endemic foci, with only sporadic occurences outside these areas. In the last two decades, the literature has been dominated by several case reports and small case series describing sporadic disease in old or new endemic areas. Case reports and experimental studies with high doses of infective third stage larvae may not reflect what happens under field conditions. There is insufficient understanding of the spread of infection and the dynamic consequences of this parasite in the canine population. This review discusses the biology, epidemiology, clinical aspects and management of canine pulmonary angiostrongylosis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume179
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)348-359
Number of pages12
ISSN1090-0233
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • LIFE - Angiostrongylus vasorum; Verminous pneumonia; Epidemiology; Treatment; Management

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