Symptoms, prevention and treatment. Hydatidosis or hydatid cyst (ehg) is a parasitic disease that can affect hunting dogs. The parasite responsible for this disease is the worm echinococcus granulosus, so it is a zoonosis. In this article we will explain some causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment for hydatidosis in hunting dogs.
CAUSES OF HYDATIDOSIS
Hydatidosis is caused by Echinococcus granulosus, a parasite of the cestode genus, known as tapeworms. These worms grow and spread in the intestine of the hunting dog, by producing microscopic eggs that can be passed in the faeces. These eggs can infect other animals and humans through contact with contaminated water, food or soil.
SYMPTOMS OF HYDATIDOSIS
The symptoms of hydatidosis depend on the organ involved; therefore, they may vary from animal to animal. The liver cyst is the most common and may cause pain, palpable mass, jaundice and fever. On the other hand, lung cysts may cause coughing, haemoptysis or vomiting.
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT FOR HYDATIDOSIS
Some are protected, such as the Iberian wolf, the black vulture and the imperial eagle.
To prevent Hydatidosis in hunting dogs, there are some important measures that should be taken. These include regular monitoring of faeces, wearing appropriate protective clothing when handling, avoiding contact with puppy faeces, regular deworming and feeding a balanced diet.
If any of the above symptoms are present, a medical evaluation is recommended to determine if Hydatidosis is present. If the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment will depend on the severity of the disease. Veterinarians recommend the use of anti-parasitic drugs to treat the infection and reduce parasite activation, as well as surgical removal of hydatid cysts.
Some points to keep in mind:
- Avoid raw meats, especially offal, as food for our dogs.
- Follow the relevant veterinary check-ups with the recommended anti-parasite treatments.
- Maximum hygiene before eating, preparing meals and handling game.
In summary, Hydatidosis or hydatid cyst is a disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus that affects the reproductive systems of the carcasses of hunting dogs. This pathology can cause some symptoms in affected animals, such as pain, palpable mass, jaundice and fever. To prevent this disease some measures are recommended such as regular monitoring of faeces, wearing appropriate protective clothing when handling dogs, avoiding contact with puppy faeces, regular deworming and providing a balanced diet. If hydatidosis is detected in hunting dogs, treatment depends on the severity of the disease and consists of the use of anti-parasitic drugs and surgical removal of hydatid cysts.