Gastro-intestinal helminths of domestic dogs in the Republic of South Africa

Onderstepoort J Vet Res. 1979 Jun;46(2):79-82.


Of the gastro-intestinal helminths found in 1 063 dogs from different parts of the country, Dipylidium caninum, the most prevalent cestode, occurred in 19,7% of the animals. Echinococcus granulosus was present in 10 dogs, 8 of which were from urban areas, and Taenia hydatigena in 69 dogs. Taemia multiceps was recovered from dogs only in the Cape Province and the Orange Free State. Toxocara canis was present in 81 of the necropsies carried out on 253 dogs from the Pretoria municipal area, while Ancylostoma spp. were present in 175 dogs. In the Pretoria area Ancylostoma caninum (11,9%) was more prevalent than Ancylostoma braziliense (6,2%).

MeSH terms

  • Ancylostoma
  • Animals
  • Cestoda*
  • Digestive System / parasitology*
  • Dogs / parasitology*
  • Echinococcus
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Nematoda*
  • Parasite Egg Count
  • South Africa
  • Taenia
  • Toxascaris