Prevalence of Endoparasites in Dogs and Cats in Germany 1999 - 2002
D. Barutzkia, R. Schaper b
aVeterinary Laboratory Freiburg, Postfach 100120, D 79120 Freiburg i.Br., Germany

b Bayer Health Care, Animal Health, D 51368 Leverkusen, Germany

Prevalence of endoparasites in dogs and cats has been determined by analysing the results of fecal examinations (Flotation, MIFC, sedimentation, Baermann, smear, ProSpecT Giardia Microplate Assay). Samples of 8438 dogs and 3167 cats from the years 1999 until 2002 have been included in the investigation. 2717 dogs (32,2%) and 771 cats (24,3%) have been infected with endoparasites. In the infected dogs the following parasites have been identified:

Class Nematodea: Toxocara canis: 22,4%, Toxascaris leonina: 1,8%, Ancylostomatidae: 8,6 %, Trichuris vulpis: 4,0%, Capillaria spp.: 2,3% Crenosoma vulpis: 0,9%, Angiostrongylus vasorum: 0,3%; Class Cestodea: Taeniidae: 1,2%, Dipylidium caninum: 0,4%, Diplopylidium/Joyeuxiella: 0,1%, Mesocestoides: 0,2%, Diphyllobothrium latum: <0,1%; Class Sporozoea: Sarcocystis spp.: 9%, Cystoisospora spp.: 22,3%, C. canis: 8,0%, C. ohioensis: 17,0%, Hammondia/Neospora: 1,7% ; Class Zoomastigophorea: Giardia spp.: 51,6%.

In the 771 infected cats the following  prevalence of parasites were found: Class Nematodea: Toxocara mystax: 26,2%, Ancylostoma tubaeforme: 0,3%, Capillaria spp.: 7,0%, Aelurostrongylus abstrusus: 2,7%; Class Cestodea: Taeniidae: 2,6%, Dipylidium caninum: 0,1%; Class Sporozoea: Sarcocystis: 2,2%, Cystoisospora spp.: 21,9%, C. felis: 15,3%, C. rivolta: 7,9%, Toxoplasma/Hammondia: 4,5%; Class Zoomastigophorea: Giardia spp.: 51,6%.