Echinococcus granulosus in dogs and cats

Common info

Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) is a tapeworm that lives and grows in the small intestine of dogs and cats. When dogs and cats infect, Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) will cause enteritis, loss of appetite, dyspnea and ascites and asymptomatic.


Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) was first found in 1784 by Batsch.


Herbivores get infected by drinking contaminated food and water. Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) larva will pass through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, and go everywhere in the body and cause cysts when dogs and cats eat the cysts. It will cause Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) to spread, and Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) will grow in the small intestine.


  • Asymptomatic
  • Enteritis
  • Dyspnea
  • Ascites
  • Loss of appetite

Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) infected dogs and cats usually do asymptomatic, but if they get infected with a high number of Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid), it may cause enteritis, loss of appetite, dyspnea, and ascites.

Treatment and Prevention

For treatment Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) in dogs and cats, use Mebendazole and Albendazole. Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid) in dogs and cats can be prevented by giving your pets a dewormer often.

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