Clinical, histopathological and epidemiological study of canine straelensiosis in the Iberian Peninsula (2003–2007)
Straelensiosis is a relatively new disease described in dogs and produced by a trombiculid larva known as Straelensia cynotis. Few cases have been reported in the English literature. Straelensiosis has been observed in Southern France and Northern Portugal causing a distinctive nodular dermatitis. The present study describes the clinical, histopathological and epidemiological features of 19 cases diagnosed as straelensiosis in the north of Spain and Portugal (2003–2007). A follow-up of the animals after diagnosis was carried out. Differences with previously described cases were observed, especially concerning epidemiology and histopathology. The grade of response to different treatments and new microscopic features are discussed. The study concludes that S. cynotis can cause a nodular dermatitis in rural and hunting dogs in Spain and Portugal and is associated with particular seasonal and geographical factors.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: HISTOVET Laboratorio de Diagnóstico Histopatológico Veterinario, Montserrat 9, 08192 Sant Quirze del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain 2: Clínica Veterinaria BEADE, Ctra. da Coutada 4, 36312 Beade, Vigo, Spain
Publication date: 2009-02-01