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Research Article, J Vet Sci Med Diagn Vol: 3 Issue: 4

The Effects of Gastrointestinal Helminths on packed Cell Volume (PCV), Eosinophil Count and Total Plasma Protein (TPP) in Local Breed Dogs in Zambia

Eugene C Bwalya1,3*, King S Nalubamba1 and Namangala B2
1Clinical Studies Department, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia, P O Box 32379, Lusaka 10101, Zambia
2Paraclinical Studies Department, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia, P O Box 32379, Lusaka 10101 Zambia
3Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Surgery, Hokkaido University, Kita-18, Nishi-9, Kita-Ku Sapporo 060-0818, Japan
Corresponding author : Eugene C Bwalya
Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Surgery, Hokkaido University, Kita-18, Nishi-9, Kita-Ku Sapporo 060-0818, Japan
Tel: 00819094351982
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Received: April 17, 2014 Accepted: June 23, 2014 Published: June 27, 2014
Citation: Bwalya EC, Nalubamba1 KS, Namangala B (2014) The Effects of Gastrointestinal Helminths on packed Cell Volume (PCV), Eosinophil Count and Total Plasma Protein (TPP) in Local Breed Dogs in Zambia. J Vet Sci Med Diagn 3:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9590.1000144

Abstract

 The Effects of Gastrointestinal Helminths on packed Cell Volume (PCV), Eosinophil Count and Total Plasma Protein (TPP) in Local Breed Dogs in Zambia

Blood samples were concurrently collected from 269 local breed dogs during a study to determine the prevelance of gastrointestinal (GI) helminths and the results matched with those of faecal samples. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of GI helminth infection on the clinical health indices and evaluate the ability of age and GI infection status to predict these parameters for local breed dogs in Zambia. Two hundred and sixty nine dogs were sampled and of these 211 (78.4%) were parasitized with Ancylostoma caninum, Toxocara canis, Dipylidium caninum, Trichuris vulpis or Toxascaris leonine while 21.56% (58/269) were non-parasitized.

Keywords: Gastrointestinal helminths; Haematologic indices; Coinfections;Age

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