Prevalence of canine heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) disease in dogs of central Portugal.
Bottom Line: In the samples in which microfilaremia was detected, a histochemical technique using acid phosphatase staining was applied to identify the species of microfilariae.A total prevalence of 27.3% (83 out of 304) was found.By means of a histochemical technique Dirofilaria immitis was identified in 96.7% of microfilaremic samples.
Affiliation: Clinicão - Hospital Veterinário, 3080 Figueira da Foz, Portugal - EUVG - Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama, 3000 Coimbra, Portugal.Show MeSH
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Mentions: This study was carried out from November 2009 to January 2011, and 304 dogs (140 males and 164 females) were sampled: 247 animals were privately owned dogs which had been taken to the veterinary clinic for a routine health examination and 57 animals came from an animal rescue shelter (Animal Protection Association of Figueira da Foz), throughout the whole year (Figure 1).Figure 1.
Affiliation: Clinicão - Hospital Veterinário, 3080 Figueira da Foz, Portugal - EUVG - Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama, 3000 Coimbra, Portugal.