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Parasitology

Parasite Protocols: Feline Protozoa
Recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council

Cathy Lund, DVM, and Byron Blagburn, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Hon) The first article in this new column discussed canine protozoa. This second article addresses feline protozoa, including diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of infections. The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human–animal bond, through …

Parasite Protocols
Canine Protozoa

Recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, and Emilio DeBess, DVM, MPVM This new column explores the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of parasitic infections based on CAPC’s detailed recommendations. First up for discussion are canine protozoan parasites. The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is …

Today’s Technician: Diagnosis of Internal Parasites

Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc The diagnosis of internal parasites in companion animals continues to evolve. Efficient methods that allow clinicians to diagnose infections more quickly and implement treatment earlier have helped pets live longer, healthier lives. Because some internal parasites spread zoonotic disease, such advances also help protect owners. PARASITE CLASSIFICATION & IDENTIFICATION …

AHS Heartworm Hotline
Question & Answer: Heartworm Screening for Cats

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) Two questions regarding feline heartworm prevention are addressed in this issue’s column: Is it necessary to test cats for heartworms prior to starting preventive therapy? And, is yearly testing necessary in cats receiving heartworm preventive? The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and …

Conquering Fleas: Preventing Infestations & Limiting Disease Transmission

Susan Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Parasitology), and Lindsay Starkey, DVM The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, readily feeds on cats, dogs, humans, and other animals, causing local pruritus, allergic reactions and, in severe infestations, anemia.1 Fleas are particularly troublesome because populations are quickly established in homes and kennels where constant sources of nutrition—pets—are readily available. …

AHS Heartworm Hotline: Treating Heartworm Disease: Ancillary Corticosteroid Therapy

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). This series presents questions and answers on topics related to heartworm infection, prevention, diagnostics, and/or treatment. QUESTION: In the July/August 2012 Heartworm Hotline article—Doxycycline in the Management of Heartworm Disease—the role …

Defeating Ticks: Practical Tips for Preventing Tick-Borne Disease in Pets

Lindsay Starkey, DVM, and Susan Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Parasitology) Veterinary practices nationwide have seen an increase in tick infestations in recent years. A number of environmental factors can conspire to result in a tick infestation surge, including higher populations of wildlife hosts, better habitat, and more supportive climate.1-4 Veterinarians need to provide solutions that …

AHS Heartworm Hotline
The Case of the Coughing Dog

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). Each article presents a question or questions on a particular area related to heartworm infection, prevention, diagnostics, and/or treatment. A 9-year-old, male German short-haired pointer is presented for rapid breathing, …

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Preserving Your Parasite Preventive Program

Christine M. Meredith, VMD, and Travis B. Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT It’s summer again and most practices are in the swing of the preventive medicine push. As the bugs come out, much of our time is spent communicating with clients about preventing the clinical diseases associated with fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other vectors. The …

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