Preventive Medicine

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Canine Leptospirosis:(Still) an Emerging Infection?

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) North Carolina State University In the United States, outbreaks of leptospirosis among dogs appear rare. The relatively low incidence of cases seen in private practice and lack of a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test compromise the clinician’s ability to define exposure risk and need for routine …

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Kennel Cough Revisited

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) North Carolina State University This article provides an overview of canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) from the perspective of clinical manifestations and prevention, including vaccines and vaccination protocols. Kennel cough—it is one of the oldest descriptors of canine disease that appears in the veterinary literature. …

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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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Partnering for Pets’ Preventive Health Care: An Interview With Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro

Partners for Healthy Pets, a collaboration of more than 106 industry organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, is working to ensure pets receive preventive health care through regular veterinary visits. Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVECC, is a spokesperson for the campaign as well as an emergency and …

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Vaccination of Cats Against Infectious Upper Respiratory Disease

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) Dr. Ford highlights the several important variables that influence both the justification to vaccinate for feline infectious respiratory disease and the quality of immunity derived from vaccination. Four vaccines are currently available to aid in the prevention of upper respiratory disease (URD) in cats associated …

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2013 Feline Vaccination Guidelines

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) The American Association of Feline Practitioners has just introduced the 2013 Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. Dr. Ford, one of the contributors, shares the highlights and key points of the report. In September 2013, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) released an updated version …

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