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Title: 
Autochthonous Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in a Border collie in Belgium
Author(s): 
C. SARRE, A. WILLEMS, S. DAMINET, E. CLAEREBOUT
Abstract: 

A nine-month-old, female Border collie was referred to the clinic because of an acute persistentcough and hemoptysis after excitation. Thoracic radiographs revealed a diffuse interstitialto alveolar pattern, compatible with pulmonary hemorrhage. To stabilize the dog and becauseof a suspected complex coagulopathy and on-going bleeding evidenced by worsening anemia, afresh frozen plasma transfusion (10 ml/kg over four hours) was administered. Fecal examinationconfirmed the clinical suspicion of Angiostrongylus vasorum as the underlying cause of all the observedclinical signs. The dog was treated with fenbendazole (50 mg/kg SID) during 21 days. Oneweek after treatment initiation, the dog was clinically healthy and thoracic radiographs showeda marked improvement of the pulmonary lesions.This case illustrates that autochthonous canine A. vasorum infections can occur in Belgiumand they should be taken into account in the diagnostic work-up of dogs with respiratory signsand bleeding disorders.

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