Endoparasites - Donkey

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Common Endoparasites of Donkeys

. Common name Scientific name Clinical signs
GUT WORMS Small strongyles Cyathostomins Often assymptomatic, early spring larval cyathostomosis – abdominal pain, depression, diarrhoea, hyperlipaemia
. Large strongyles Strongylus spp. Colic, weight loss, diarrhoea
. Pinworm Oxyuris equi Anal irritation
. Ascarids/roundworm Parascaris equorum Colic, ill thrift, obstruction in foals
. Threadworm Strongyloides westeri Diarrhoea in foals
. Tapeworm Anoplocephala spp. Implicated in colic
LUNGWORMS Lungworm Dictyocaulus arnfieldi Rarely associated with disease in donkeys
FLUKES Liver fluke Fasciola spp. Often asymptomatic
SPIRURIDS . Habronema spp. Summer sores (in the tropics)
HYDATID CYSTS . Echinococcus granulosus equinus Liver dysfunction
STOMACH BOTS . Gasterophilus spp. Problem caused by larvae
ONCHOCERCIASIS . Onchocerca cervicalis Fistulous withers
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