Capillaria plica (dog bladder worm) is a parasitic nematode which is most often found in the urinary bladder, and occasionally in the kidneys, of dogs and foxes. It has also been found in the domestic cat, and various wild mammals.Family: Capillariidae. It varies in size and appearance according to species and more commonly occurs in wild animals than in dogs or cats. Capillaria boehmi is responsible for nasal capillariasis, Capillaria aerophilus for pulmonary capillariasis, and Capillaria plica for capillariasis in the bladder. Infection is more likely to occur in dogs that live in endemic.
The females deposit unembryonated eggs. Some of these become embryonated in the intestine, and release larvae that can cause autoinfection. This leads to hyperinfection (a massive number of adult worms). Capillaria philippinesis is currently considered a parasite of fish eating birds, which seem to be the natural definitive host. Adult C. plica are embedded in the bladder epithelium and, occasionally, within the ureter or the renal pelvis, where they can cause mild inflammatory reaction and submucosal edema. Capillaria feliscati are essentially free on the surface of the bladder mucosa. Adult bladder worms are Cited by: 10.
Capillaria plica may infect the urinary bladder, and occasionally the ureters and renal pelvises, of dogs and cats. Distribution is worldwide, and wild animals appear to be the primary hosts. A similar but less common organism, C felis cati, is also found in cats.Dogs and cats become infected by eating earthworms that contain the first-stage larvae. Capillariasis is a parasitic disease in humans caused by two different species of capillarids: Capillaria hepatica and Capillaria philippinensis. C. hepatica is transferred through the fecal matter of infected animals and can lead to hepatitis.
Capillaria plica and Capillaria feliscati are the parasitic worms that can cause capillariasis in cats. The lifecycle of the worm is not completely understood. However, we know that ova (worm eggs) pass out through the urine of infected cats. These ova embryonate . Capillaria can affect both dogs and cats, although dogs are more frequently affected. There are several species of Capillaria that affect pets. These species include: Pearsonema plica (also known as Capillaria plica): This parasite typically invades the wall of the bladder, although it can also lodge in portions of the kidney. This species.