E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Hamsters and Rabbits in Some Pet Shops of Turkey
1 Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
2 Department of Parasitology, Kırıkkale University Faculty of Veterinary Science, Kırıkkale, Turkey  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2014; 38: 102-105
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2014.3338
Key Words: Parasite, pet shop, rabbit, hamster, fecal examination
Abstract

Objective: In this study, we aimed to determine the parasite species carried by hamsters and rabbits purchased from some commercial pet shops in Turkey.

 

Methods: For this purpose, the fecal samples of clinically healthy Syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters, and crossbred rabbits were collected from 22 pet shops randomly selected in Ankara and Kirikkale provinces, located in Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. The fecal samples were examined with centrifuge flotation technique using saturated salt solution. 

 

Results: Parasitic infection rate was 57.5% in dwarf hamsters, 54.9% in Syrian hamsters, and 56.3% in crossbreed rabbits. Trichurid eggs were the most prevalent parasite in the feces of Syrians hamsters (28.1%). The other parasites of Syrian hamsters were as follows: Eimeria spp. oocysts (15.4%) and the eggs of H. nana (11.2%), Syphacia spp. (11%). and Aspiculuris spp. (5.6 %). Only trichurid eggs were observed in the fecal samples of dwarf hamsters (51.5%). Oocysts of Eimeria spp. (52.7%) and the eggs of P. ambiguus (3.6%) were detected in the feces of rabbits.

 

Conclusion: Within the scope of this study, the detection of H. nana eggs, a zoonotic parasite, in the feces of Syrian hamster was quite remarkable for public health. 

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