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Table 3 Prevalence of intestinal parasites (%) in fecal samples from shelter dogs and cats from each Canadian province

From: Parasite prevalence in fecal samples from shelter dogs and cats across the Canadian provinces

Parasite Dogs NL Cats NL Dogs NS Cats NS Dogs NB Cats NB Dogs PE Cats PE Dogs QC Cats QC Dogs ON Cats ON Dogs MB Cats MB Dogs SK Cats SK Dogs AB Cats AB Dogs BC Cats BC Dogs Total Cats Total
n 18 28 25 6 35 16 23 31 270 114 352 171 60 35 46 34 122 106 135 95 1086 636
Toxocara canis 0.0 n/a 16.0 n/a 5.7 n/a 17.4 n/a 12.6 n/a 11.9 n/a 11.7 n/a 13.0 n/a 11.5 n/a 18.5 n/a 12.7 n/a
Toxocara cati n/a 14.3 n/a 16.7 n/a 43.8 n/a 22.6 n/a 12.3 n/a 22.8 n/a 22.9 n/a 8.8 n/a 12.3 n/a 9.5 n/a 16.5
Toxascaris leonina 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 3.0 n/a 0.6a n/a 3.3 n/a 6.5 n/a 8.2b n/a 5.9 n/a 3.0 n/a
Ancylostoma caninum 0.0 n/a 4.0 n/a 5.7 n/a 0.0 n/a 3.0 n/a 4.8 n/a 3.3 n/a 2.2 n/a 0.8 n/a 1.5 n/a 3.1 n/a
Uncinaria stenocephala 5.6 n/a 8.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.7 n/a 4.5 n/a 6.7 n/a 4.3 n/a 3.3 n/a 0.7 n/a 2.9 n/a
Ancylostoma tubaeforme n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 3.5 n/a 5.3b n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 2.0
Taeniid 0.0 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.8 0.0 6.5 0.0 2.6 2.6 3.5 3.3 8.6 0.0 5.9 4.1 5.7 0.7 2.1 1.6 4.4
Trichuris vulpis 5.6 n/a 8.0 n/a 0.0 n/a 4.3 n/a 0.7b n/a 10.2c n/a 1.7 n/a 0.0 n/a 0.8 n/a 3.0 n/a 4.4 n/a
Capillarid eggs 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.8 4.3 0.0 0.0 2.6 1.1 2.9 0.0 2.9 0.0 5.9 0.8 0.0 1.5 2,1 0.7 2.5
Cystoisospora 5.6 7.1 0.0 0.0 17.1 12.5 8.7 6.5 4.8a 9.6 11.6 25.7c 10.0 11.4 15.2 11.8 12.3 9.4 16.3 10.5 10.4 14.0
Giardia 0.0 0.0 4.0 0.0 5.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 2.6 2.8 1.8 3.3 0.0 4.3 0.0 3.3 2.8 2.2 0.0 3.5 1.4
Cryptosporidium 5.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.6 0.0 4.3 0.0 3.3 0.0 3.4 0.6 1.7 0.0 2.2 0.0 2.5 4.7b 1.5 2.1 3.0 1.3
Sarcocystis 5.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.7 0.0 4.3 0.0 1.9 0.0 2.6 0.0 8.3 0.0 4.3 0.0 16.4c 0.0 3.0 1.1 4.5 0.2
All parasitesd 16.7 21.4 28.0 16.7 37.1 56.3 39.1 32.3 27.8 27.2 36.6 43.3a 35.0 37.1 39.1 32.4 39.3 25.5 33.3 21.1 33.9 31.8
  1. a = p < 0.01; b= p < 0.05; c = p < 0.0001; dAll parasites include many cases of multiple infections.
  2. p values relate to shelter dog and shelter cat populations separately. n/a: Species not a usual host or parasite, not identified in the species.