|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2021|
|Authors:||L. Eliezer Cruz-Bacab, De la Cruz, M. - C. Perez-, Zaragoza-Vera, C. V., Zaragoza-Vera, M., Arjona-Jimenez, G., Lesher-Gordillo, J. Maria, Baak-Baak, C. M., Cigarroa-Toledo, N., Machain-Williams, C., Garcia-Rejon, J. E., Gonzalez-Garduño, R., Torres-Chable, O. M.|
|Journal:||Pakistan Journal of Parasitology|
|Keywords:||arthropods, Associated Factors, fleas, lice, ticks|
This study was carried out to identify the ectoparasites that infest owned dogs in the state of Tabasco, Mexico. In total, 1,302 dogs were sampled in the 5 ecological regions of Tabasco. The dog owners were surveyed to identify the factors associated with infestations. Ectoparasites were identified using taxonomic keys. Eleven species of ectoparasites were observed. General prevalence was 26.65%. Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Ctenocephalides felis were the most prevalent and abundant ectoparasites. The most important factors associated with ectoparasite infestations in the studied dogs were living outdoors, being a non-purebred, having short hair, being dark-haired, and having a body condition <3. Ectoparasite studies such as the one presented herein generate important information to create control programs focused on decreasing infestations in companion animals and thus the likelihood of zoonotic transmission of pathogens.
Prevalence and Factors Associated with Ectoparasite Infestations in Dogs from the State of Tabasco, Mexico