Parasitology

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Promoting Parasite Prevention in Practice

Kelly Soldavin Today’s Veterinary Practice interviewed Madeleine Womble, the Hospital Manager at Central Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville, to learn about how this busy veterinary practice implements effective parasites prevention strategies for their patients. Each interaction a veterinary team has with a pet owner is an opportunity to provide vital information about a number of wellness …

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NSAIDS & Anticoagulants: Use in Management of Heartworm Infection

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) Dr. Atkin’s discusses the role of aspirin and other anticoagulants in the treatment of heartworm disease, focusing on studies evaluating their therapeutic effects. 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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Hot Topic: 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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