Congenital Toxoplasmosis in Dogs
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Lucilene G. Camossi, Daniel F.F. Cardia, Celso T.N. Suzuki, Jancarlo F. Gomes and Katia D.S. Bresciani
Toxoplasma gondii is an apicomplexan protozoan parasite that infects a
broad range of hosts, including dogs. Due to the high rate of dogs naturally infected
with T. gondii and its correlation with immunosuppressive diseases, attention should be
paid to the occurrence of this parasite in canine population, especially puppies, which
are considered of high risk for developing the disease. Toxoplasmosis in puppies is
particularly important, because the effects of the disease may have consequences on
animals’ lives, and they may have immeasurable value, being considered as family
members. The main objective of this chapter will be to discuss important aspects
involving congenital toxoplasmosis in this animal species.
Clinical signs, Control, Dogs, Infection, Neurological alterations,
Newborn, Opportunistic disease, Pathogeny, Pregnancy, Prevention, Puppies,
PCR, Reproductive abnormalities, Serology, Treatment, Toxoplasmosis.
Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria de Aracatuba, Aracatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Research ID E-7126-2012.