Preventive Medicine

Pet Health by the Numbers
State of Pet Health 2015 Report

Each year, Banfield Pet Hospital ( compiles its State of Pet Health Report, which captures and analyzes medical data gathered from more than 8 million pet visits at its hospitals. However—in a departure from the traditional State of Pet Health Report format—this past year, Banfield looked outside the walls of its practices for insights on how pet owners feel about preventive care.

Vital Vaccination: 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 …

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. …

Vital Vaccination
Dogs & Cats Overdue for Vaccination Recommendations for Updating Immunizations

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) Published vaccination guidelines for dogs and cats enable the clinician to implement vaccination protocols tailored for individual patients that provide protective immunity at the appropriate stages of life.1,2 However, protocols used in practice generally assume owner compliance with the recommended, ideal vaccination schedule. In reality, …

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 …

Canine Vaccination Guidelines
Key Points for Veterinary Practice

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM(Hon) In 2011, the Canine Vaccination Task Force, sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), revised vaccination guidelines for dogs.1 These canine vaccination guidelines have an immediate impact in private practice, with emphasis on 3 key areas: Developing vaccination protocols Vaccine adverse reactions Fundamental legal concerns … Protection Status