Infectious Disease

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Canine Influenza: New Strains and Treatment

In the U.S., 2 strains of canine influenza virus (CIV)—H3N8 and H3N2—have been identified. Learn to recognize the clinical signs of CIV infection, select appropriate diagnostic tests, and develop a therapeutic plan. Plus, when to recommend vaccination for CIV and deploy strategies to prevent spread of disease if a case presents in your practice.

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Focus on Infectious Diseases

It seems to be getting harder and harder for veterinarians to “keep up.” Advances in technology result in ongoing discoveries every week, and the number of journals with important information appears to grow exponentially. In this Journal Club column, some key articles about infectious diseases are highlighted. You may not have come across them in …

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Canine Leptospirosis:(Still) an Emerging Infection?

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) North Carolina State University In the United States, outbreaks of leptospirosis among dogs appear rare. The relatively low incidence of cases seen in private practice and lack of a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test compromise the clinician’s ability to define exposure risk and need for routine …

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Infectious Respiratory & Canine Cranial Cruciate Diseases

The following statistics were extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.2 million dogs and 460,000 cats cared for in more than 800 Banfield Pet Hospitals (banfield.com) in 2012. Note that diagnosis was made based on the attending clinician’s judgment. INFECTIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASE…BY THE NUMBERS Of all pets presented to Banfield Pet …

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Canine Leptospirosis: A Perspective on Recent Trends

Kenneth R. Harkin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM) Leptospirosis has been described as a re-emerging disease in both dogs and humans.1,2 Whether or not a true increase in the incidence of canine leptospirosis (Figure 1) has occurred over the past 2 decades is unclear. Increased awareness and vigilance, partly spurred by educational campaigns, have likely increased …

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Preventing Transmission of Infectious Disease Among Patients

  Holly Morss, CVT The diligence of the veterinary medical team regarding prevention of disease transmission is critical to the health of patients, clients, practice, and ourselves. What would your reaction be if you went to see your physician for a routine physical examination and you were seated in the waiting room next to a …

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