Internal parasites… We sometimes tend to forget that, when breeding dogs, we do breed them as well! Indeed, forget about the idea of parasite-free dogs: inside your kennel, parasites are almost everywhere. That’s why we do believe that it is important for breeders to learn about them. Again, knowing your enemies is the best way to face them!

That’s certainly what brought 35 breeders from Ontario to attend to the seminar we gave this week-end in our office in Guelph. The two guest speakers, Dr Jonas Goring from Idexx laboratories and myself, were glad to spend some time with this incredible audience: an entire day, all about learning and discussing, all about internal parasites!

Jonas’ presentation focussed on the main parasites encountered in Canada (Toxocara canis, Isospora sp and Giardia duodenalis are the three most common ones) and gave clear indications concerning the diseases they can cause in individuals. I then focussed on how to approach them at the kennel’s level. The take-home message was clear: to face parasites, breeders need an adapted sanitary prophylaxis… which means appropriate cleaning and disinfecting. Deworming drugs are for sure part of the plan, but just a part, not the key of success to the entire plan! We finished the day by talking on those parasites we usually don’t speak about, like Baylisascaris procyonis (the raccoon roundworm), Cryptosporidium sp, Crenosoma vulpis and Oslerus osleri (respiratory parasites commonly found in Canada). We obviously said a few words about those parasites that can affect the reproductive function (Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum), as you know this remains my favourite topic! As I said at the beginning, a full day focussing on parasites!

This was a great CE day as I now call them, thanks to the amazing work of our RC colleagues Pierry McLean and Helene Drouin who were in charge of the organization. The pdf of the lectures are now available on our publication section (click here and look into our Parasitology subsection). If this raised your interest on canine internal parasites, remember we will be more than happy to re-do this kind of seminar. Contact your local rep, so we can start figuring it out!

Remember we are all part of the same PRO community! Don’t hesitate then: share with us your experiences, ask your questions and let us know what you think! Social networks enable us to keep the discussion going, so whether you are a Facebooker or a Twitter-addict, you can – and should!- be part of it!

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