PREVALENCE OF GASTROINTESTINAL ZOONOTIC PARASITES OF DOGS IN JOS METROPOLIS
Ogbu K. I., Olaolu O. S., *Ochai S. O., Maimadu A. A., Olabode M. P. and Poyi N. L.
Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Zoonotic Parasites of Dogs was conducted in Jos metropolis of Plateau state. The species of gastrointestinal zoonotic parasites of dogs were evaluated in relations to sex, age and breed of each dog presented in veterinary clinics within the metropolis. The samples were analyzed using faecal floatation Technique. The result showed that T. canis and A. caninium were high, 45% and 44% respectively while Teania spp and D. latum were low; 8% and 3% respectively, this result was further subjected to chi-square analysis and showed significant difference in the percentage prevalence in the metropolis. The percentage prevalence was most in young dogs than in adult and puppies but when subjected to Chi-square, there was no significant difference in the prevalence; (P>0.05) and also in relation to sex; most prevalent in females than in males, statistically, there was no significant difference (P>0.05). Whereas, most prevalent with local breed compared with cross and exotic breeds; 23.19%, 13.05% and 17.99% respectively; statistically, there was no significant difference (P>0.05). Based on these findings, it is hereby concluded that the risk of the prevalence of gastrointestinal zoonotic parasites of dogs in Jos metropolis is at the minimal level. The local dogs should be restricted and provided with chain or kennel as well as clean/sanitary environment is required in keeping of local dogs and the cross and exotic breed are dewormed routinely. More veterinary clinics should be created by Governments and private agencies in strategic areas within the metropolis.[Full Text Article]