Ameba Infection in Dogs
Amebiasis is a parasitic infection caused by a one celled organism known as an ameba. Amebiasis can affect people as well as dogs and cats. It is found most often in tropical areas and can be seen in North America.
Symptoms and Types
There are two types of parasitic ameba that infect dogs: Entamoeba histolytica and Acanthamoeba.
Entamoeba histolyticus is most often spread through the ingestion of infected human feces. There are two species of Acanthamoeba that are free-living: A. castellani and A. culbertsoni. These species can be found in freshwater, saltwater, soil and sewage.
Young dogs and those that are immunosuppressed are the most likely to become ill.
Blood testing (complete blood cell count and blood chemistry profile) and urine testing (urinatlysis) are usually performed and are often normal although evidence of dehydration, if present, can be seen in these tests.
Other laboratory tests your veterinarian may recommend include:
Metronidazole is used to control the symptoms of colitis and is usually successful. However, the systemic forms of the disease (i.e. infections that are spread via the blood stream) are usually fatal despite treatment although symptomatic treatment can be attempted.
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
Term used to refer to a condition of having a disease or affliction but not displaying symptoms of it.
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