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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-26134

Burgener, I; Frey, C; Kook, P; Gottstein, B (2009). Tritrichomonas fetus: Ein neuer Parasit im Darm von Schweizer Katzen. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 151(8):383-389.

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Recent reports identified Tritrichomonas fetus, the causative agent of bovine trichomonosis, in cats with large-bowel diarrhea in the US. Between July 2007 and August 2008, a total of 105 Swiss cats were tested for T. fetus with the InPouchTM culture system and/or PCR, whereof 27 (26%) yielded positive results. All positive cats were pedigree cats, whereof 22 (81%) were less than 1 year of age (median 5 months). 25 (93%) of these cats lived in multi-cat households, and all but one were kept indoor. The clinical picture was dominated by large bowel diarrhea with increased frequency of defecation and fresh blood and mucus. Furthermore, inflamed anus and fecal incontinence was common. 52% of the T. fetus-positive cats were tested positive for Giardia before, but the treatment with fenbendazole or metronidazole only temporarily alleviated the clinical signs. The treatment with 30 mg/kg of ronidazole q12h p.o. was successful in all but 1 cat with only minor transient adverse effects in 3 cats. In conclusion, T. fetus has to be considered an important causative agent of large bowel diarrhea in cats in Switzerland, especially in young indoor pedigree cats.


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Other titles:Tritrichomonas fetus: a new intestinal parasite in Swiss cats
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dickdarm - Durchfall - Katze - Parasit - Tritrichomonas fetus
Date:September 2009
Deposited On:06 Jan 2010 15:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:39
Publisher:Hans Huber
Publisher DOI:10.1024/0036-7281.151.8.383
PubMed ID:19653162

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