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Anthelmintic drug resistance in cats and dogs: A real issue?

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Vol 5 - Issue 1
Written by Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS
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Anthelmintic drug resistance in cats and dogs: A real issue?

The control of nematode infestations is an important aspect of preventative canine and feline medicine. Anthelmintics are used in UK dogs and cats for the prevention of potentially serious clinical disease, reduction of zoonotic risk and to avoid owner revulsion induced by the presence of worms. Toxocara spp. eggs in the faeces of cats and dogs represent a significant zoonotic risk. Anthelmintic treatment remains central to limiting environmental contamination. The frequent use of parasiticides effective against roundworms has, however, led to concern that drug resistance may develop against the products being used, as has been the case for equine and livestock parasites. This article considers drug resistance in intestinal roundworms, heartworm and Angiostrongylus vasorum. The routine treatment of canine and feline nematodes presents a difficult balance between limiting the development of resistance and maximising animal and human health.

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