Parasitology

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Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms is the common name for a group of strongylid parasites that affect dogs and live in the small intestine. Although there are several species, this article will focus on Ancylostoma caninum. As with other parasites, if we understand their life cycle, we can better treat and prevent their transmission.

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Roundworms in Dogs

Our 3-part series examines how to treat and prevent transmission of roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. In Part 1, the author discusses roundworms, including the life cycle of these parasites (they look like strands of cooked spaghetti, live in the dog‘s intestines, and pretty much just swim in the dog‘s partially digested food) and how to prevent their transmission.

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Tick-borne Rickettsial Infections of Dogs

Rickettsial organisms are small, obligate intracellular bacteria in the order Rickettsiales. Two families—Anaplasmataceae and Rickettsiaceae—contain species that infect dogs. These pathogens are transmitted by a variety of tick vectors, maintained in wildlife and domestic reservoirs, and can cause clinical disease in humans, dogs, and other domestic animals. This article discusses the basic epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of canine ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

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Beyond Borders: The Truth About Ticks

Michael W. Dryden, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVM (parasitology) Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Kansas State University Dealing with Tick Control When dealing with most 3-host ticks, the problem is that the majority of the reproducing ticks are not on the dogs or cats, but on their natural wildlife hosts. While often the same products that are …

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Parasitology Expertise From the NCVP: Feline Tick-Borne Diseases

Yoko Nagamori, DVM, and Mason V. Reichard, MS, PhD Oklahoma State University Welcome to one of 3 new columns in this issue, brought to you in partnership between the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology (ncvetp.org) and Today’s Veterinary Practice. The mission of the NCVP is to further the discipline of parasitology by bringing together partners …

Managing Heartworm Disease in Shelter Animals

Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM Center for Animals & Public Policy, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well …

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