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Ahmad S.S.,Pet Center | Khan M.S.,Clinical Medicine and Surgery | Khan M.A.,Clinical Medicine and Surgery
Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences | Year: 2011

Babesiosis is a tick borne protozoan disease of domestic and wild animals. Objective of this study was to record its seasonal prevalence in canine especially in dogs, came at the Pet Centre, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, Pakistan, which is the oldest and famous veterinary research hospital in Pakistan. The period of study was from January 2005 to December 2007. The blood samples were collected from the tip of the ear and blood smears stained with Diff-Quik and Giemsa stain which were examined under a microscope. According to the result the percentage of infection was highest during the summer and autumn months. The overall number/percentage were 54% 1.21%, 173% 3.25%, 75% 2.11% and 13% 0.54%, during Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter season respectively, for the period from 2005 to 2007. Special measures and medicines were advised to the patient and additional precautions like tick spray, ticks bath and better hygienic conditions throughout the peak season were adopted.


Ahmad S.S.,Pet Center | Khan M.S.,Clinical Medicine and Surgery | Khan M.A.,Clinical Medicine and Surgery | Ahmad N.,UVAS
Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences | Year: 2011

An epidemiological study was conducted at Pet centre, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore for the prevalence of Babesiosis in cats. A total of (n=5,183) cats, during the year January 2007 to December 2009 were examined. The monthly prevalence of Babesiosis and distribution by age breed and gender were calculated by chi square test for comparison. The overall prevalence was 163 (3.14%) with significant difference (p > 0.05) among the different seasons. The prevalence rate was high during the year and the peak was found in summer and autumn. The passive surveillance /prevalence rate in male was 70(2.69%) and in females 93(3.6%). Overall prevalence rate of Babesiosis according to age were high with 28 (4.55%) among the cat age group of 25 months and above, 20(2.32%) in cats of 13 months to 24 months, 62(2.13%) in below six months, and 53(1.47%) in seven to 12 months and. Overall prevalence according to breeds were calculated in cross breed cats 106(3.22%), Persian 22(2.72%), Siamese 35(3.27%) and Himalayan 0(0.00%).

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