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Fatal hookworm infection in a North American dog

Chris Wojnarowicz, Prairie Diagnostic Services, Saskatoon, Canada

The southern hookworm (Ancylostoma) is a relatively rare cause of gut caninum nematode infection in western Canada.

A case was confirmed in a 53-day-old blue lacy puppy which presented with a two-day history of vomiting and lethargy. The puppy had arrived in Alberta from Texas a few days before the beginning of clinical signs. Clinical and laboratory investigations indicated a gastrointestinal parasite infection.

Despite aggressive therapy the puppy died and A. caninum was confirmed on post mortem examination.

Canadian Veterinary Journal 48 (11): 1,185-1,186.

Abstract reproduced by kind permission of Veterinary Practice magazine