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Preventive Medicine

Canine Lyme Disease: How Real is the Threat?

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.

Canine Lyme disease, also called canine Lyme borreliosis, is among the most familiar tick (Ixodes species) transmitted infections known to occur in humans and dogs residing in North America. Despite being the subject of review articles,1,2 research studies, scientific proceedings, and symposia, canine Lyme borreliosis continues to generate considerable controversy in clinical practice, particularly as …

Vaccinating Dogs Against Lyme Disease: Two Points of View

The decision on whether to vaccinate dogs against Lyme disease remains an ongoing debate. Two veterinarians present differing viewpoints.

Despite availability of a consensus statement and up-to-date canine vaccination guidelines (see Lyme Disease Vaccination Guidelines), the decision whether or not to vaccinate dogs against Lyme disease remains an ongoing debate among many veterinary professionals.

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 …

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 …

Antibody Titers Versus Vaccination

An increased focus on antibody titers raises questions concerning the indications for performing titers, titer interpretation and limitations, and the role of titers when making vaccination decisions for patients.

The publication of vaccination guidelines for dogs and cats (see Links to Vaccination Guidelines)—intended to provide useful insights on the selection and use of vaccines—also elicited some degree of controversy regarding implementation of these vaccination recommendations in practice. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in May 2013. Please use this content for reference or …

What You Need to Know About Rabies

Dr. Ford presents nine key questions that address rabies immunization. The answers address which agencies handle rabies law, the definitions of exposure and vaccinated, appropriate diagnostic testing, and more.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. In North America, routine vaccination of pet dogs, cats, and even ferrets, has played a critical public health role in mitigating human risk for exposure to rabies virus.

The American Heartworm Society & You

Wallace Graham, DVM April is National Heartworm Awareness Month and Dr. Graham, President of the American Heartworm Society, tells readers about the ways the AHS provides information about prevention and treatment of heartworm disease. For this issue’s Heartworm Hotline column, our regular author, Dr. Clarke Atkins, handed over the reins to Dr. Wallace Graham—the President …

Vaccine Adverse Events: Acute Allergic Angioedema

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) Post-vaccinal angioedema appears to be among the most common vaccine adverse events. Addressed are risk factors, treatment, and prevention of this reaction, plus reporting of vaccine adverse events. A vaccine adverse event (adverse reaction) is defined as: any undesirable side effect or unintended effect (including …