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Diagnosis and therapeutic management of Dipylidium caninum in dogs: a case report


The present study is related to Dipylidium caninum infection in dogs. Three dogs about 1 year of age with the history of scooting behaviour and passing diarrhoeic stool containing white specks were presented before the clinicians. Physical examination of dogs revealed flea infestation and faecal examination revealed the presence of gravid segments, which were confirmed microscopically to be of cestode, D. caninum. Dogs were treated with Praziquantel@5 mg/kg body wt. orally. Dogs showed marked recovery post treatment. On re-examination after a week, faeces were found negative for any parasitic eggs/gravid segments.

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Saini, V.K., Gupta, S., Kasondra, A. et al. Diagnosis and therapeutic management of Dipylidium caninum in dogs: a case report. J Parasit Dis 40, 1426–1428 (2016).

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  • Dog
  • Dipylidium caninum
  • Gravid segments
  • Dog flea