Case Report

Hepatozoon canis infection in three dogs imported from Spain

  • D. Criel


This case report describes three dogs imported from Málaga (Spain), infected with Hepatozooncanis. The dogs were presented to a Belgian veterinarian because of fever of unknown origin. NumerousH. canis gamonts were seen inside neutrophilic granulocytes on the blood smear of the three dogs. Theanimal with most clinical signs was also infected with Ehrlichia canis. The life cycle, clinical fi ndings,diagnostic techniques, treatment options and epidemiology of H. canis are reviewed in this article. Consideringthe increasing importance of exotic diseases, it is warranted to add H. canis as a differentialdiagnosis in animals that originate from, or have travelled to endemic areas.

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Criel, D., (2013) “Hepatozoon canis infection in three dogs imported from Spain”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 82(2), 69-74. doi:

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Published on
29 Apr 2013
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