Parasitology

Pet Health by the Numbers
Focus on Canine & Feline Helminths

An in-depth look at statistics extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats presented to more than 850 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2013. In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numberscorrelates specific article topics with statistics provided by Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com). These statistics are …

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Canine Lyme Disease: How Real is the Threat?

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon), North Carolina State University Andrew Eschner, DVM, Senior Technical Service Veterinarian Canine Lyme borreliosis continues to generate considerable controversy in clinical practice, particularly as it pertains to risk for exposure, diagnosis, consequences of infection, and even prevention. Drs. Ford and Eschner address each of the …

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Comprehensive Advice on Parasite Control: A Broad Spectrum Approach to Controlling Parasites of Dogs & Cats

Susan Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Parasitology) Test your knowledge of parasite identification and methods to control and treat infection in this challenge presented by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human–animal bond, through recommendations for the …

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Heartworms Today: The Search for Solutions

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology), North Carolina State University The author discusses new information on some of the most important issues faced by practitioners today, including: Development of heartworm resistance to common preventives, complexities of feline heartworm, and the role of Wolbachia in the heartworm complex. The Heartworm Hotline column is …

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Parasite Protocols: Canine Intestinal Helminths

Dwight D. Bowman, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Parasitology, Hon), Cornell University & Tom Nelson, DVM Animal Medical Center, Anniston, Alabama Many dogs are affected by helminths despite prescribed broad-spectrum parasite control. This article focuses on helminths that affect the gastrointestinal system and highlights the importance of an annual fecal examination. The mission of the Companion …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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