Survey of endoparasites in pet guinea pigs in Italy.

Abstract:

:Little information is available on the occurrence of endoparasites in pet guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of intestinal parasites in cavies kept as pets in southern Italy. Fresh fecal samples were randomly collected from 60 guinea pigs housed in pet shops or privately owned. All fecal samples were processed using the FLOTAC pellet technique to identify and count helminthic eggs/larvae and protozoan cysts/oocysts. In addition, the specimens were analyzed also by the Remel Xpect® Giardia/Cryptosporidium immunoassay. Intestinal parasites were detected in 19 out of 60 guinea pigs (31.7 %). Paraspidodera uncinata eggs were found in 13.3 % (8/60) of the rodents examined, Nippostrongylus-like eggs in 10 % (6/60), and finally Eimeria caviae oocysts were found in 10 % (6/60) of the animals. In one case, both E. caviae oocysts and P. uncinata eggs were found. None of the samples was positive for Cryptosporidium or Giardia. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first survey of endoparasites in pet guinea pigs in Italy.

journal_name

Parasitol Res

journal_title

Parasitology research

authors

d'Ovidio D,Noviello E,Ianniello D,Cringoli G,Rinaldi L

doi

10.1007/s00436-014-4289-7

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-03-01 00:00:00

pages

1213-6

issue

3

eissn

0932-0113

issn

1432-1955

journal_volume

114

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