Naturally-occurring canine herpesvirus-1 infection of the vestibular labyrinth and ganglion of dogs

Birgit Parzefall, Andrea Fischer, Andreas Blutke, Wolfgang Schmahl, Kaspar Matiasek

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Abstract

Although the involvement of herpesviruses in vestibular disease of humans has been recognised for many years, knowledge of such a link in companion animal species is restricted to cats. This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of canine herpesvirus-1 (CaHV-1) infection of the vestibular labyrinth (VL) and vestibular ganglion (VG) of dogs by PCR. 'Field' herpesvirus was detected in the VL of 17% and in the VG of 19% of 52 dogs, respectively. None of the 11 dogs with infected VG and/or VL exhibited signs of vestibular disease, whereas clinical signs in the remaining three animals were attributable to intra-cranial neoplasia. As reported for other species, the putative role of herpesvirus infection in canine vestibular disease requires further elucidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume189
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Canine
  • Herpesvirus
  • Labyrinth
  • Vestibular ganglion

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