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Preventive Medicine

Hitting the Road Heartworm-Free

To help veterinarians balance their dual role of protecting individual animal health and welfare as well as that of animal populations, the AHS and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians have formulated evidence-based best practices for minimizing transmission of heartworms in relocated dogs.

Global Problems, Personal Fulfillment

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” — Sir David Attenborough In September 2017, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) gathered veterinarians from around the globe to attend a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, which included an educational bonanza with …

Heartworm Education: It Takes a Team

Given the veterinary profession’s understanding of the importance of heartworm prevention, it’s easy to overestimate how seriously clients take this disease…

Successful Heartworm Prevention: Cracking the Compliance Conundrum

Christopher Rehm, DVM Rehm Animal Clinic, Mobile, Alabama The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to heartworm …

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 …

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. …