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).
ParasitologyBeyond 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 …
Practical ParasitologyHeartworm Infection in Ferrets
Leonie Kondert, DVM Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia Because of their friendly and playful character, ferrets are commonly kept as pets in the United States. Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) belong to the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes weasels, the European mink, the American mink, ferrets, and South American weasels. Ferrets …
AHS Heartworm HotlineWolbachia and Heartworm: Why Doxycycline Is Needed in Heartworm Treatment
Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD University of Georgia College 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 as highlight current …
AHS Heartworm HotlineBeyond the Map: The State of Heartworm Incidence in the United States
Chris Rehm, DVM, President, American Heartworm Society Doug Carithers, DVM, American Heartworm Society Board Member and Symposium Co-Chair 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 …
Practical ParasitologyThe Flea-Infested PetHow to Manage the Pet and Its Environment
This follow-up article addresses key factors to consider in designing a flea control treatment program. Individualization is the key: Although the products available today…
AHS Heartworm HotlineTurning Up the Heat on Heartworm Diagnosis
Antigen testing for Dirofilaria immitis has been a foundational component of model preventive veterinary care for many years, particularly for dogs.
Practical ParasitologyThe Flea-Infested Pet: Overview of Current Products
Dealing with flea-infested pets has never been easier—or more complicated. At this time, at least 20 active ingredients are commonly used in prescription flea control products in the United States, with numerous other ingredients appearing in various over-the-counter products.
AHS Heartworm HotlineHeartworm Education: It Takes a Team
Given the veterinary profession’s understanding of the importance of heartworm prevention, it’s easy to overestimate how seriously clients take this disease…