GL6: Control of Intestinal Protozoa in Dogs and Cats

A wide range of intestinal protozoa commonly infect dogs and cats throughout Europe; with a few exceptions there seem to be no limitations in geographical distribution.  The group covers flagellates (Giardia and Tritrichomonas) and apicomplexan parasites (Cystoisospora, Cryptosporidium, Hammondia, NeosporaToxoplasma and Sarcocystis).

This guideline aims to give an overview of intestinal protozoa and their significance and, importantly, to suggest rational control measures for the most important species in order to prevent animal and/or human infection.