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PREVALENCE OF SOME DISEASES OF DOGS AND CATS AT THE STATE GOVERNMENT VETERINARY CLINIC IN MAIDUGURI (NIGERIA)

A. William, S.U.R. Chaudhari1 and N.N. Atsandac2

 Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Surgery and Reproduction and Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maidugurii, Nigeria

Abstract   

    A 3-year (retrospective) study was conducted to determine the prevalence of diseases; clinical conditions of dogs and cats presented at the Government Veterinary Clinic, Maiduguri from January 1995 to December 1997. The prevalent diseases; conditions of dogs included helminthosis (19.19%), accidental injury) (18.18%), tick infestation ( 15.15% ), canine distemper (8.42% ), diarrhoea ( 6.73%), mange ( 7.41%), rabies (5.05%) and babesiosis (4.71%), Prevalent diseases/conditions of cats included helminthosis (26.67%). tick infestation ( 8.89%). diarrhea ( 16.67%), nutritional deficiencies ( 15.56%) and respiratory infections ( 12.22%). Of highest prevalence in both dogs and cats was helminthosis (20.93%), followed by tick infestation (13. 70%) and diarrhea (9.04%) suggesting a poor husbandy of these pets in Maiduguri area. Cases of automobile accidental injury of dogs were also high, probably due to the same factors of poor husbandry.

Key words: Prevalence, diseases, dogs, cats, Maiduguri, Nigeria
 
   

ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)



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