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Which lungworm affects horses?

Dictyocaulus Arnifieldi


Which lungworms affect the dog?

- Angiostrongylus vasorum
- Filaroides (Oslerus) Osleri


Which lungworm affects the cat?

Aelurostrongylus abstrusus


Where is adult dictyocaulus arnfieldi found? Clinical signs?

- horses smaller bronchi
> chronic cough


Pathogenicity of d. arnfieldi?

- raised areas over-inflated pulmonary tissue (surrounding small bronchus, containing worms and mucopurulent exudate)
- hyperplastic bronchial epithelium
- pericbronchial cuffing


Diagnosis of equine lungworm?

> clinical signs
> grazing hx (donkey contact/shared grazing)
> feacal exam only detects patent infection (= v small proportion of equine infections)
- process immediately (McMaster method, embryonated egg)
- process later (BAerman technique, L1, tail spine)
> trach wash (large eosinophils)
> response to anthelmintic tx (retrospective dx)


Control of equine lungworm? (D. Arnfieldi)

- do not keep on pastures grazed by donkeys
- tx donkeys with appropriate anthelmintics in spring eg. Ivermectin


What type of worm is angiostrongylus vasorum?

- typical metastrongyle nematode
- indirect lifecycle (slugs and snails)
- adult worms 2cm, in pulmonary aa. and RHS heart


Clnical significance/pathogenesis of angiostrongylus vasorum?

- Cardiorespiratory signs
- Coagulopathies
- Neurological signs


CLinical signs of angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs?

> chronic condition, 3 syndromes
- CV-resp signs in young dogs (chronic cough, excercise intolerance due to bv blockage)
- coagulopathies (subcut haematomas, internal haemorrhage eg. sclera and retinas, prolonged bleeding due to thrombocytopaenia and v clotting factors)
- neuro signs (paresis, behavioural changes, ataxia, loss of vision, seizures due to CNS haemorrhage)


What will be seen on rads with a. vasorum?

peripheral lung lobe lesions - bronchial and peribronchial infiltrate


How may angiostrongylus vasorum be diagnosed from body fluid samples?

- Baerman technique of feaces and sputum for larvae L1
> larval recovery unreliable
> long PPP 6-10 weeks
> intermittent egg production by adults (collect 3d of samples)


How can a. vasorum be diagnosed using bloods?

- hypochromic anaemia
- eosiniophils
- coagulopathy test
- ELISA serology (eg. AngioDetect)


How can A. vasorum be diagnosed PM?

- adult worms
- lungs mottled reddish purple
- subcut haematoma
- larger bv endoartitis -> fibrosis
- R ventricle endocarditis -> tricuspid vlave


Tx of angiostrongylus?

> 2 anthelmintics licensed in UK for dogs
- Moxidectin (advocate) single dose prevents infection for 1 month
- Milbemycin (milbemax) weekly for 4 weeks
> off label
- Fenbendazole (panacur) daily 1-3 weeks
> monitor tx, repeat if necesary
> tx early during lifecycle minimises pathological dmage
> supportive tx (fluid tx, blood, bronchodilators, oxygen, abx)


Control of a. vasorum?

- regular anthelmintic tx based on risk assessment
- control IH (not really possible!)
- public education


What type of worm is Filaroides (Oslerus) osleri? where do adult worms live and how are they transmitted?

ATYPICAL metastrongyloid nematode
- direct lifecycle
- adult worms live in tracheal nodules
- transmission bitch to puppy during grooming


CLinical significance of filaroides (oslerus) osleri?

- may be asymptomatic
- may have dry debilitating cough
> often associated with breeding kennels


Dx of filaroides osleri?

- difficult!
> Baerman technique to recover L1 (distnictive dorsal indentation) BUT]
- L sluggish and low numbers so few picked up
> endoscopy
- tracheal nodules


Tx of filaroides osleri?

- Fenbendazole (panacur)
(licensed, 50mg/kg SID for 7d)


Are cats commonly infected with lungworm? Which worm?

- not common
- Aelurostrongylus abstrusus


What type of worm is Aelurostrongylus abstrusus? Where do adult worms live?

Typical metastrongyloid nematode
- indirect lifecycle (slugs, snails)
- adults live in lung parenchyma and small bronchioles


Clinical significance of Aelurostrongylus?

- may be asymptomatic
- may cause serious respiratory problems


Pathogenesis and diagnosis of aelurostrongylus? Prognosis?

- often asymptomatic
- severe resp problems may be seen with immunocompromised cats (poor prog)
> feacal exam (Baerman technique for L1)
> PM greenish nodules in lnungs
> histopath to differentiate from TB!


Tx of aelurostrongylus abstrusus?

- fenbendazole (panacur)
- licensed 50mg/kg SID 3d


Which respiratory parasites other than lungworm affect the horse? *most common

- *parascaris equorum(migrating larvae)
- echinococcus granulosus (hydatid cysts)


Which respiratory pathogens other than lungworm affect the dog? *most common

- *toxocara canis (migrating L)
- *toxascaris leonina (migrating L)
- Crenosoma vulpis (fox lungworm)
- Filaroides spp. (dog lungworm - parenchyma)
- Lingualata serrata (tongue worm)
- pneumonyssus caninum (nasal mite)


Which respiratory pathogens other than lungworm affect the cat? *most common

- *toxocara cati (migrating L)
- *toxascaris leonina (migrating L)
- linguatula serrata (tongue worm)