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Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research

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Onderstepoort j. vet. res. vol.76 n.1 Cape Town  2009

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Canine babesiosis

 

 

J.P. Schoeman

Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa

 

 


ABSTRACT

Babesiosis is a tick-borne disease affecting humans and many domestic and wild animals. Domestic animals showing appreciable morbidity and mortality include dogs, cats, cattle and horses. Both canine and feline babesiosis are diseases characterised by haemolytic anaemia, icterus and haemoglobinuria. Canine babesiosis can range from chronic or subclinical to peracute and fatal, depending on the virulence of the species and the susceptibility of the host. This paper deals with canine babesiosis with specific reference to pathogenesis, clinical findings, complications, diagnosis and treatment, as well as newly identified prognostic factors in Babesia rossi babesiosis.


 

 

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