Skip to main content

Efficacy of afoxolaner (NexGard®) against natural infestations with Trichodectes canis in dogs under field conditions

Abstract

Background

Trichodectes canis is a small chewing louse found globally that primarily infests dogs. Limited information is available on the efficacy of isoxazolines against infestation with the chewing louse. In the present study, we evaluated the efficacy of afoxolaner, an isoxazoline class compound, in naturally infested domestic dogs.

Methods

The field study was carried out in Romania. Between September 2021 and December 2021, 43 dogs with confirmed T. canis infestation were included in the study. On the day of the inclusion (day 0), each animal was clinically examined and randomly treated with a control product labeled for use against lice [fipronil-(S)-methoprene combination (Frontline Combo®; Boehringer Ingelheim)] or with the investigational product [chewable tablets containing afoxolaner (NexGard®; isoxazoline)]. Each animal was evaluated for the presence of lice at 15 and 30 days post-inclusion.

Results

Of the 48 dogs initially included in the study, 43 completed the treatment period [18 in the control group (CG) and 25 in the investigational group (IG)]. At day 14, no living T. canis lice were detected on the dogs in either group. At day 14, dead lice were detected in four dogs in the IG, while eggs were present in two dogs in the IG and in one dog in the CG. At day 30, no lice were detected in either group, while eggs were still present in one dog in the CG.

Conclusion

These results suggest that afoxolaner is a feasible treatment option against chewing lice in dogs, providing 100% curative efficacy.

Graphical Abstract

Background

Trichodectes canis (Phthiraptera, Mallophaga, Trichodectidae) is a species of chewing louse distributed worldwide. It primarily infests domestic dogs, but has also been reported to infest wild canids and other wild carnivores [1, 2]. This louse is host-specific and, consequently, there is no risk of transmission to other domestic species, such as cats, or to humans [3]. General consensus is that owned dogs are rarely infested with T. canis and that infestation is more common in stray animals [3], with the prevalence of T. canis infestation varying greatly by country and dog category, from 0.2% up to 10.6% [4,5,6,7,8,9,10].

Small numbers of lice are generally not associated with clinical signs in dogs, but heavy infestations can cause hair loss, pruritus and scales [3]. The diagnosis of lice infestation is based on finding active life-cycle stages (i.e. nymphs and adults) on the body surface of infested dogs or finding nits attached to their hairs. Together with fleas, T. canis can also serve as an intermediate host for the zoonotic tapeworm Dipylidium caninum [3].

Due to the negative impact on dog health and welfare, as well as the risk of D. caninum transmission, all dogs confirmed to be infested with T. canis must be treated. To date, several clinical studies have evaluated the efficacy of insecticides against T. canis in dogs [11,12,13,14,15,16,17]. The results of these studies show that insecticides such as propoxur, fipronil, imidacloprid, selamectin and pyrethroids are effective after a single topical administration of different formulations (i.e. collars, spots-on or sprays) [11,12,13,14,15,16,17]. Isoxazoline insecticides have been available on the veterinary pharmaceutical market for almost a decade, but their efficacy against T. canis has not yet been evaluated.

Oral chewable formulations of afoxolaner and fluralaner were the first isoxazoline insecticides to be marketed (in 2013–2014), followed by sarolaner in 2015 and lotilaner in 2017 [18]. These insecticides act through inhibition of the helical subunits of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter found in the peripheral nervous system of invertebrates, and have a strong inhibitory activity on the glutamate-gated chloride channel in invertebrates [19, 20]. They are considered to be safe [21, 22] and broad-spectrum ectoparasiticides for pets, with a demonstrated activity against several species of ticks, Demodex, Sarcoptes, Otodectes, fleas and sucking lice of dogs and cats [20, 23]. Isoxazolines have a systemic mode of action as they are highly bound on plasma proteins [23, 24], and are ingested by hematophagous arthropods (fleas and ticks) during their blood meal. The demonstrated efficacy against non-strictly hematophagous arthropods, such as mites, may be related to their presence in inflammatory products containing plasma proteins [26,27,28,29,30]. To date, no resistance against isoxazolines has been reported.

As chewing lice are superficial ectoparasites, considered to induce a very moderate skin inflammatory reaction, we thought it important to assess the potential efficacy of a systemic molecule administered orally. The aim of the study was therefore to determine the efficacy of a single dose of the oral formulation of afoxolaner (NexGard®; Boehringer Ingelheim, Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany) for the treatment of naturally acquired chewing lice (Trichodectes canis) infestation in dogs under field conditions, and to compare this efficacy to that of a topical ectoparasiticide acting by contact and registered in Europe for its efficacy against dog chewing lice [i.e. fipronil-(S)-methoprene] (Frontline Combo®; Boehringer Ingelheim).

Methods

Study site and included animals

This was a multi-site, positive-control, blinded clinical efficacy field study that was implemented in the historical region of Transylvania, Romania. Between 17 September and 4 December 2021, we included 43 dogs [24 females (2 neutered), 19 males (1 neutered)] aged between 2 months and 20 years (31 dogs aged < 6 months; 4 dogs aged 6–12 months; 1 dog aged 12–24 months; 7 dogs aged > 24 months) in the study. The dogs originated from six counties (16 localities), as follows: Bihor (Oradea: 1 dog), Bistrița-Năsăud (Beclean: 3 dogs; Dumbrava: 1 dog; Enciu: 5 dogs; Feleac: 2 dogs; Malin: 2 dogs; Nușeni: 9 dogs; Rusu de Jos: 2 dogs; Rusu de Sus: 2 dogs; Vișa: 2 dogs), Cluj (Cămărașu: 1 dog; Corușu: 7 dogs; Popești: 1 dog), Hunedoara (Hunedoara: 2 dogs), Sibiu (Săcădate: 1 dog) and Suceava (Solca: 2 dogs). Details of the dogs included in the study are shown in the Additional file 1: Table S1. Five dogs initially included in the study were removed from the analysis as they were lost to follow-up (n = 3), died from unknown cause (n = 1) or changed their owner during the study (n = 1).

Inclusion, exclusion and removal criteria

For inclusion, the body surface of privately owned and shelter dogs was carefully inspected for the presence of the chewing louse T. canis. Only dogs found to be infested with T. canis (based on the presence of motile adult stages and at least 1 nit), clinically healthy (with the exception of skin lesions consistent with mallophagosis, such as pruritus, hair loss and presence of scales), weighing at least 2 kg and aged at least 8 weeks were included in the study. The animals had not been treated with any ectoparasiticide within the previous 3 months. The aim of the study was explained to the owners, who were asked to sign an informed consent form.

For each animal included in the study, after visual confirmation of the presence of lice, one adult louse was collected in absolute ethanol and later confirmed microscopically as T. canis, according to standard morphological criteria [31].

The exclusion criteria were: (i) presence of clinical signs other than those consistent with the presence of chewing lice; (ii) treatment with topical or systemic ectoparasiticides within the last 3 months or within the efficacy duration of the respective ectoparasiticide drug; (iii) pregnant or lactating females; and (iv) females intended for breeding during the study period. Any dog meeting the exclusion criteria were not included in the study even if they met the inclusion criteria.

After inclusion, dogs were excluded if they subsequently fell into any of the removal criteria categories: death, loss or disappearance of dog; change of owner; withdrawal of owner consent; inappropriate health status or behavior of the dog in the context of the study; and dogs from sites that had been treated with environmental ectoparasiticides after inclusion in the study and before completion. All dogs remained in their respective households during the investigation period.

Randomization, study groups treatment and evaluation

After inclusion in the study, each dog was randomly assigned to one of the two study groups. Dogs in group 1, the investigational group (IG), were treated with NexGard® according to the dosing table on the product label), and dogs in group 2, the positive control group (CG), were treated with Frontline Combo® according to the label instructions. If several dogs from the same household/owner or shelter were included in the study, they were all allocated to the same study group. If other dogs than the one(s) included were present in the same household or shelter, they were all treated with the same product as the included dog(s), even in the absence of chewing lice infestation.

Clinical evaluations were performed at days 0 (inclusion), 14 and 30 and consisted of scoring and recording the skin lesions and symptoms, as follows: pruritus (0 = absent; 1 = mild without alteration of the skin; 2 = moderate with mild alterations of the skin; 3 = severe with pronounced alterations of the skin), hair loss (0 = absent; 1 = very limited; 2 = mild; 3 = extensive); and presence of scales (0 = absent; 1 = very limited; 2 = mild; 3 = extensive). Additionally, a scoring system was applied for grading the presence of chewing lice, as follows: 1 (nits + 1 adult chewing louse); 2 (nits +  < 10 chewing lice); or 3 (nits +  > 10 chewing lice). No distinction was made between nymphs and adults during the lice count. The presence of other ectoparasites (fleas, hard ticks) was also recorded. No skin scrapings were done when lesions were visible.

Statistical analysis

Statistical associations between ordinal data, such as days 0, 14 and 30 and the scores used to assess pruritus, hair loss and the presence of scales and lice, were assessed using the non-parametric Wilcoxon signed-rank test. A P value < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. Data were analyzed using R software v. 4.0.5 (R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria).

Results

Of the 43 dogs included in this study, 25 were assigned to group 1 (IG, treated with NexGard®) and 18 were assigned to group 2 (CG, treated with Frontline Combo®). The score for lice infestation on day 0 was 2 or 3 for all dogs (Table 1). On day 14, all dogs from both groups scored 0 for lice (i.e. no living lice detected). On day 14, of the 25 dogs in group 1, two still had nits and four had dead lice, and of the 18 dogs in group 2, nits were found on one dog. Similarly, on day 30, all dogs from both groups scored 0 for the presence of live lice; no dead lice or nits were found on dogs in group 1, while one dog in group 2 still had nits. During the 30 days of surveillance, no reinfestations due to the hatching of eggs were observed. These results demonstrate a clinical efficacy of 100% for the oral formulation of afoxolaner (NexGard®). Moreover, during the evaluation period, none of the dogs suffered any adverse reactions.

Table 1 Scoring of lice infestation at inclusion in the 43 dogs that completed the study

The clinical score for all evaluated dermatological signs improved in both groups on days 14 and 30 compared to day 0 (Fig. 1a–h). Following treatment, a statistically significant decrease in degree of pruritus, hair loss and presence of scales and in lice scores was observed in both groups at days 14 and 30 compared to day 0 (P < 0.001). No significant difference was observed between the two treatment groups. On day 0 (inclusion) 23 of the 43 dogs which completed the study were also infested with other ectoparasites (i.e. fleas and/or ticks which were not collected or identified to species level) (Table 2).

Fig. 1
figure 1

Clinical scores for all evaluated dermatological signs according to number of dogs (Y-axis). Group 1 (investigational group) dogs were treated with NexGard®, and group 2 (positive control group) dogs were treated with Frontline Combo®. a, b Clinical score for pruritus in group 1 dogs (a) and in group 2 dogs (b). c, d Clinical score for hair loss in group 1 dogs (c) and in group 2 dogs (d). e, f Clinical score for scales in group 1 dogs (e) and in group 2 dogs (g). g, h Average score for the clinical signs associated with lice in group 1 dogs (g) and in group 2 dogs (h). See section Randomization, study groups treatment and evaluation for explanation of grading/scores

Table 2 Number of dogs infested by other ectoparasites in the two study groups

Discussion

Modern veterinary practitioners desiderate antiparasitic drugs due to their broader spectrum, higher efficacy and lower toxicity both for the animals and for the environment. However, due to their more recent availability on the market, their full spectrum is not fully known due to the lack of studies.

Several studies have evaluated the field efficacy of various ectoparasiticides against chewing lice infestation in dogs. These are summarized in Table 3. All studies included a single dose of the test drug and reported a 100% efficacy as early as 7 days post-treatment. In addition, one study reported a 100% efficacy of the tested concentrate, which is extracted from neem tree seeds [32].

Table 3 Overview of the efficacy field studies of various antiparasitic products against Trichodectes canis

The present study is the first to evaluate the efficacy of an isoxazoline, afoxolaner, against T. canis in dogs and the first to evaluate the efficacy of afoxolaner against mammalian lice. Afoxolaner has previously been evaluated in off-label clinical studies against the chewing louse Goniodes pavonis in captive aviary birds, where it demonstrated a 100% efficacy at 28 days post-treatment in various species of pheasants [33] and an 86.6% efficacy in peacocks [34]. Kohler-Aanesen et al. [23] reported an efficacy of 85.1% on day 1, 96.8% on day 7 and 100% on days 28 and 84 for an oral formulation of fluralaner against the dog sucking louse Linognathus setosus.

Our study results confirm that afoxolaner, despite a systemic distribution and mode of action [24, 25], is able to kill superficial chewing lice when administered orally. It could be hypothesized that even when clinically limited, the inflammatory process during chewing lice infestation is sufficient to enable afoxolaner to penetrate into the epidermis in a concentration that allows the killing of Trichodectes canis.

Conclusion

In conclusion, afoxolaner showed a 100% efficacy for the treatment of infestation with the canine chewing louse T. canis, adding another canine ectoparasite to its already well-known broad spectrum.

Availability of data and materials

The dataset analyzed in the current study is available in the Additional file 1: Table S1. The lice specimens collected are available from author FB on reasonable request.

References

  1. Price RD, Hellenthal RA, Palma RL, Johnson KP, Clayton DH. The chewing lice: world checklist and biological overview. Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication 24. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press; 2003.

  2. Oi M, Tsuchiya H, Matsumoto J, Nogami S. Dog biting louse (Trichodectes canis) infestation in raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) in Japan. Vet Dermatol. 2015;26:70–1.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Beugnet F, Halos L, Guillot J. Textbook of clinical parasitology in dogs and cats. Zaragoza: Servet Editorial—Grupo Asís Biomedia, S.L; 2018.

    Google Scholar 

  4. Chee JH, Kwon JK, Cho HS, Cho KO, Lee YJ, Abd El-Aty AM, et al. A survey of ectoparasite infestations in stray dogs of Gwang-ju City, Republic of Korea. Korean J Parasitol. 2008;46(1):23–7. Erratum in: Korean J Parasitol. 2008;46(2):114.

  5. Xhaxhiu D, Kusi I, Rapti D, Visser M, Knaus M, Lindner T, et al. Ectoparasites of dogs and cats in Albania. Parasitol Res. 2009;105:1577–87.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Bermúdez SC, Miranda RC. Distribution of ectoparasites of Canis lupus familiaris L (Carnivora: Canidae) from Panama. Rev MVZ Cordoba. 2011;16:2274–82.

    Google Scholar 

  7. Troyo A, Calderón-Arguedas O, Alvarado G, Vargas-Castro LE, Avendaño A. Ectoparasites of dogs in home environments on the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica. Rev Bras Parasitol Vet. 2012;21:179–83.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Torres-Chable OM, Baak-Baak CM, Cigarroa-Toledo N, Zaragoza-Vera CV, Arjona-Jimenez G, Moreno-Perez LG, et al. First report of chewing lice Heterodoxus spiniger (Enderlein, 1909) and Trichodectes canis (De Geer, 1778) on domestic dogs at Tabasco, Mexico. Southwest Entomol. 2017;42:409–18.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Lara-Reyes E, Quijano-Hernández IA, Rodríguez-Vivas RI, Del Ángel-Caraza J, Martínez-Castañeda JS. Factors associated with endoparasites and ectoparasites in domiciled dogs in the metropolitan area of Toluca, México. Biomedica. 2021;41:756–72.

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Ugbomoiko US, Ariza L, Heukelbach J. Parasites of importance for human health in Nigerian dogs: high prevalence and limited knowledge of pet owners. BMC Vet Res. 2008;4:1–9.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. Cooper PR, Penaliggon J. Use of fipronil to eliminate recurrent infestation by Trichodectes canis in a pack of bloodhounds. Vet Rec. 1996;139:95.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  12. Hanssen I, Mencke N, Asskildt H, Ewald-Hamm D, Dorn H. Field study on the insecticidal efficacy of advantage® against natural infestations of dogs with lice. Parasitol Res. 1999;85:347–8.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  13. Endris RG, Reuter VE, Nelson J, Nelson JA. Efficacy of a topical spot-on containing 65% permethrin against the dog louse, Trichodectes canis (Mallophaga: Trichodectidae). Vet Ther. 2001;2:135–9.

    CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  14. Pollmeier M, Pengo G, Jeannin P, Soll M. Evaluation of the efficacy of fipronil formulations in the treatment and control of biting lice, Trichodectes canis (De Geer, 1778) on dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2002;107:127–36.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  15. Shanks DJ, Gautier P, McTier TL, Evans NA, Pengo G, Rowan TG. Efficacy of selamectin against biting lice on dogs and cats. Vet Rec. 2003;152:234–7.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  16. Stanneck D, Kruedewagen EM, Fourie JJ, Horak IG, Davis W, Krieger KJ. Efficacy of an imidacloprid/flumethrin collar against fleas, ticks, mites and lice on dogs. Parasit Vectors. 2012;5:102.

    CAS  PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  17. Kužner J, Turk S, Grace S, Soni-Gupta J, Fourie JJ, Marchiondo AA, et al. Confirmation of the efficacy of a novel fipronil spot-on for the treatment and control of fleas, ticks and chewing lice on dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2013;193:245–51.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  18. Gonçalves IL, das Machado Neves G, Porto Kagami L, Eifler Lima VL, Merlo AA. Discovery, development, chemical diversity and design of isoxazoline based insecticides. Bioorg Med Chem. 2021;30:115934.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  19. Shoop WL, Hartline EJ, Gould BR, Waddel ME, McDowell RG, Kinney JB, et al. Discovery and mode of action of afoxolaner, a new isoxazoline parasiticide for dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2014;201:79–189.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  20. Zhou X, Hohman AE, Hsu WH. Current review of isoxazoline ectoparasiticides used in veterinary medicine. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2022;45:1–15.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  21. Drag M, Saik J, Harriman J, Larsen D. Safety evaluation of orally administered afoxolaner in 8-week-old dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2014;201:198–203.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  22. Drag M, Saik J, Harriman J, Letendre L, Yoon S, Larsen D. Safety evaluation of orally administered afoxolaner and milbemycin oxime in eight-week-old dogs. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2017;40:447–53.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  23. Kohler-Aanesen H, Saari S, Armstrong R, Péré K, Taenzler J, Zschiesche E, et al. Efficacy of fluralaner (Bravecto™ chewable tablets) for the treatment of naturally acquired Linognathus setosus infestations on dogs. Parasit Vectors. 2017;10:426.

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  24. Letendre L, Huang R, Kvaternick V, Harriman J, Drag M, Soll M. The intravenous and oral pharmacokinetics of afoxolaner used as a monthly chewable antiparasitic for dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2014;201:190–7.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  25. Letendre L, Harriman J, Drag M, Mullins A, Malinski T, Rehbein S. The intravenous and oral pharmacokinetics of afoxolaner and milbemycin oxime when used as a combination chewable parasiticide for dogs. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2017;40:35–43.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  26. Beugnet F, de Vos C, Liebenberg J, Halos L, Larsen D, Fourie J. Efficacy of afoxolaner in a clinical field study in dogs naturally infested with Sarcoptes scabiei. Parasite. 2016;23:26.

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  27. Beugnet F, Halos L, Larsen D, de Vos C. Efficacy of oral afoxolaner for the treatment of canine generalized demodicosis. Parasite. 2016;23:14.

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  28. Lebon W, Beccati M, Bourdeau P, Brement T, Bruet V, Cekiera A, et al. Efficacy of two formulations of afoxolaner (NexGard® and NexGard Spectra®) for the treatment of generalised demodicosis in dogs, in veterinary dermatology referral centers in Europe. Parasit Vector. 2018;11:506.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  29. Hampel V, Knaus M, Schäfer J, Beugnet F, Rehbein S. Treatment of canine sarcoptic mange with afoxolaner (NexGard®) and afoxolaner plus milbemycin oxime (NexGard Spectra®) chewable tablets: efficacy under field conditions in Portugal and Germany. Parasiet. 2018;25:63.

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  30. Panarese R, Iatta R, Lia RP, Lebon W, Beugnet F, Otranto D. Efficacy of afoxolaner for the treatment of ear mite infestation under field conditions. Vet Parasitol. 2021;300:109607.

    CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  31. Wall R, Shearer D. Veterinary entomology. London: Chapman Hall; 1997. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5852-7.

  32. Mehlhorn H, Walldorf V, Abdel-Ghaffar F, Al-Quraishy S, Al-Rasheid KA, Mehlhorn J. Biting and bloodsucking lice of dogs–treatment by means of a neem seed extract (MiteStop®, Wash Away Dog). Parasitol Res. 2012;110:769–73.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  33. Yarto Jaramillo E, Romero Núñez C, Álvarez Zavala MLÁ, Cruz López E, Rangel Díaz J, Miranda Contreras L, et al. Use of afoxolaner for the treatment of lice (Goniodes pavonis) in different genera (Chrysolophus spp., Lophura spp., Phasianus spp., and Syrmaticus spp.) and species of pheasants and West Mexican Chachalacas (Ortalis poliocephala). Vet Parasitol. 2020;280:9065.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  34. Yarto Jaramillo E, Osorio Marquez R, Rangel Díaz J, Romero Núñez C, Miranda Contreras L, Heredia CR. Effect of oral afoxolaner on naturally occurring infestations of peacocks by the louse Goniodes pavonis. Vet Dermatol. 2019;30:167-e50.

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  35. Gautier P, Allan J, Pengo G, Sherington J, Shanks DJ, Rowan TG. The efficacy of the novel avermectin, selamectin, against biting lice on dogs and cats. In: Proceedings of the sixth international symposium on ectoparasites of pets. Mayo: Westport Co.; 2001. p. 145–55.

Download references

Acknowledgements

Not applicable.

Funding

This work was supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (France, Europe).

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Contributions

ADM wrote the manuscript and analyzed the results. GD performed the studies on dogs, revised and formatted the manuscript. LCP performed the statistical analysis. ȘR performed the fieldwork. FB designed the protocol, contributed to the analysis and substantially revised the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Georgiana Deak.

Ethics declarations

Ethics approval and consent to participate

All dog owners allowed the enrollment of their animals in this study by signing an agreement for participation.

Consent for publication

Not applicable.

Competing interests

Andrei Daniel Mihalca is a member of the editorial board of Parasites & Vectors (section Tick and tick-borne diseases). Frederic Beugnet is employed by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (France, Europe). All other authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Additional information

Publisher's Note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Supplementary Information

Additional file 1:

Table S1. Dataset representing all the collected data and the results of the periodical checking’s.

Rights and permissions

Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated in a credit line to the data.

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Mihalca, A.D., Deak, G., Panait, L.C. et al. Efficacy of afoxolaner (NexGard®) against natural infestations with Trichodectes canis in dogs under field conditions. Parasites Vectors 15, 317 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-022-05428-y

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-022-05428-y

Keywords

  • Afoxolaner
  • Chewing lice
  • Efficacy assessment
  • Trichodectes canis