Balantidium spp

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Balantidium coli

Balantidium spp are a parasitic ciliated protozoa which affect predominantly pigs but also cattle in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide[1].

Species which are pathogenic to cat include:

  • Balantidium coli[2]

Cattle are usually asymptomatic carriers of this parasite.

Diagnosis is based on isolation of oocysts in fecal samples.

Treatment is usually effective with metronidazole, oxytetracycline or secnidazole[3].


  1. Ismail HA et al (2010) Intestinal parasite infections in pigs and beef cattle in rural areas of Chungcheongnam-do, Korea. Korean J Parasitol 48(4):347-349
  2. David A (1965) Balantidiosis in a bullock and its treatment with leucarsone. Indian Vet J 42(11):883-885
  3. Bilal CQ et al (2009) Prevalence and chemotherapy of Balantidium coli in cattle in the River Ravi region, Lahore (Pakistan). Vet Parasitol 163(1-2):15-17