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Canine demodicosis in territory of city of Niš

Author(s): Stojiljković Dragoslav | Aleksić Nevenka | Kulišić Zoran | Nikolovski-Stefanović Zorica | Mišić Zorana

Journal: Veterinarski Glasnik
ISSN 0350-2457

Volume: 60;
Issue: 5-6;
Start page: 397;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Demodex canis | age | hair length | sex | seasonal dynamics

This paper describes cases of demodicosis in dogs from the territory of the city of Niš. The objective of the investigations was to learn more about the parameters that can influence the susceptibility of certain dogs to the cause of demodicosis, such as: age, hair length, sex, and seasonal dynamics of the incidence of the disease. It was established following examinations of 76 dogs suspected of demodicosis that they were all infected with the specie Demodex canis. The changes were localized or generalized. In the total number of infected dogs, there was a larger share of males (61.84%) than females (38.16%). The number of dogs diseased with demodicosis was twice higher in shorthaired than in long-haired animals. The most frequently infected were dogs of the Doberman and German Shepherd breeds. The number of male and female animals among short-haired dogs diseased with demodicosis was equal, while there were more males among the long-haired animals. The biggest number of infected animals was in the category of young dogs, up to one year of age, and they accounted for 65.79% of the total number of diseased animals, which shows without any doubt that younger dogs are more susceptible to demodicosis. There were more infected dogs in the period autumn-winter than in the period spring-summer.
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