Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:
- Echidnophaga gallinacea
Clinical signs of parasitism in dogs include pruritus, alopecia, lichenification (blackening) and dermal corrugations in chronic cases.
Treatment is usually effective with a range of insecticidal drugs.
Anthelmintic treatment with praziquantel is recommended as most dogs have concurrent cestode infections.
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