Submitted to: Small Animal Medicine Digest
Publication Type: Review article
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/10/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Neosporosis caninum is a recently recognized protozoan parasite of dogs and other animals. Until 1988, it was misdiagnosed as Toxoplasma gondii. Neospora caninum causes paralysis and death in dogs and neonatal mortality and abortion in cattle, sheep, goats, and horses. Its complete life cycle is not known. Tachyzoites and tissue cysts are the only asexual stages known. A carnivorous definitive host is suspected as being part of the life cycle but has not yet been identified. Transplacental transmission and ingestion of tissue cysts are viable routes of infection.