Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 


Urinary capillariosis in six dogs from Italy

A. Mariacher1,2,*, F. Millanta2, G. Guidi2 and S. Perrucci2

1Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Regioni Lazio e Toscana, Viale Europa 30, 58100 Grosseto, Italy

2Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie, Viale delle Piagge 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy



Canine urinary capillariosis is caused by the nematode Pearsonema plica. P. plica infection is seldomly detected in clinical practice mainly due to diagnostic limitations. This report describes six cases of urinary capillariosis in dogs from Italy. Recurrent cystitis was observed in one dog, whereas another patient was affected by glomerular amyloidosis. In the remaining animals, the infection was considered an incidental finding. Immature eggs of the parasite were observed with urine sediment examination in 3/6 patients. Increased awareness of the potential pathogenic role of P. plica. and clinical disease presentation could help identify infected animals.

Keywords: Cystitis, Dog, Glomerular amyloidosis, Urinary capillariosis.


Cite this paper:

Mariacher, A., Millanta, F., Guidi, G. and Perrucci, S. 2016. Urinary capillariosis in six dogs from Italy. Open Vet. J. 6(2), 84-88.