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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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma

Feline injection-site sarcoma, or FISS, is a controversial topic; however, Dr. Richard Ford presents a comprehensive overview of the history, literature, and current issues associated with FISS.

Today, among the spectrum of vaccine adverse events reported in dogs and cats, feline injection-site sarcoma (FISS) ranks as the most serious. Although it occurs infrequently, the consequences of a malignant tumor developing at a vaccination site are devastating to the patient and owner. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2013. Please …

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.

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 …

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