Resolution of a proteinuric nephropathy associated with Babesia gibsoni infection in a dog. Academic Article uri icon


  • A 4 yr old male castrated Labrador retriever was evaluated for a short history of inappetance, lethargy, small-bowel diarrhea, polyuria, and polydipsia. Clinicopathologic abnormalities were consistent with protein-losing nephropathy and renal azotemia. Expansive infectious disease testing implicated Babesia gibsoni via whole blood polymerase chain reaction. Renal histopathology results were consistent with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis and immune complex deposition. The dog was treated with azithromycin, atovaquone, and one dose of corticosteroids/cyclophosphamide. Three months after therapy was completed, the dog was clinically healthy, and all clinicopathologic abnormalities (including Babesia species polymerase chain reaction) had resolved. Atypical presentations of Babesia gibsoni should be considered with proteinuric nephropathy.

published proceedings

  • J Am Anim Hosp Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Slade, D. J., Lees, G. E., Berridge, B. R., Clubb, F. J., Kuczynski, L. A., & Littman, M. P.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Slade, Dennis J||Lees, George E||Berridge, Brian R||Clubb, Fred J||Kuczynski, Leslie A||Littman, Meryl P

publication date

  • November 2011