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25. Prevalence of common canine digestive problems compared with other health problems in teaching veterinary hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt - Gamal M. H. Rakha, Mounir M. Abdl-Haleem, Haithem A. M. Farghali and Hitham Abdel-Saeed

Veterinary World, 8(3): 403-411



   doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2015.403-411


Gamal M. H. Rakha: Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt;

Mounir M. Abdl-Haleem: Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt;

Haithem A. M. Farghali: Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt;

Hitham Abdel-Saeed: Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt;


Received: 03-11-2014, Revised: 11-02-2015, Accepted: 17-02-2015, Published online: 26-03-2015


Corresponding author: Hitham Abdel-Saeed, e-mail:

Citation: Rakha GM, Abdl-Haleem MM, Farghali HA, Abdel-Saeed H (2015) Prevalence of common canine digestive problems compared with other health problems at teaching veterinary hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt, Veterinary World 8(3): 403-411.

Aim: The present study was conducted to ascertain the prevalence of common digestive problems compared to other health problems among dogs that were admitted to the teaching veterinary hospital, faculty of veterinary medicine, Cairo University, Egypt during 1 year period from January to December 2013. Also, study the effect of age, sex, breeds, and season on the distribution of digestive problems in dogs.

Materials and Methods: A total of 3864 dogs included 1488 apparently healthy (included 816 males and 672 females) and 2376 diseased dogs (included 1542 males and 834 females) were registered for age, sex, breed, and the main complaint from their owners. A complete history and detailed clinical examination of each case were applied to the aids of radiographic, ultrasonographic, and endoscopic examination tools. Fecal examination was applied for each admitted case. Rapid tests for parvovirus and canine distemper virus detection were also performed.

Results: A five digestive problems were commonly recorded including vomiting, diarrhea, concurrent vomiting with diarrhea, anorexia, and constipation with a prevalence (%) of 13.6, 19.1, 10.1, 13.1, and 0.5 respectively while that of dermatological, respiratory, urinary, neurological, cardiovascular, auditory, and ocular problems was 27.9, 10.5, 3.3, 0.84, 0.4, 0.25, and 0.17 (%) respectively. This prevalence was obtained on the basis of the diseased cases. Age and breed had a significant effect on the distribution of digestive problems in dogs (p<0.001). Gender had an effect on the distribution of digestive problems with significant (p0.01) while season had a non-significant effect (p>0.05) on the distribution of such problems.

Conclusion: Digestive problems were the highest recorded problems among dogs, and this was the first records for such problems among dogs in Egypt. Age, gender, and breeds had a significant effect on the distribution of the digestive problems in dogs while season had a non-significant effect on the distribution of such problems. The present data enable veterinarians in Egypt to ascertain their needs for diagnostic tools and medication that must be present at any pet clinic.

Key words: canine, causes, digestive problems, Egypt, prevalence.

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