Infectious Disease

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Canine Influenza: New Strains and Treatment

In the U.S., 2 strains of canine influenza virus (CIV)—H3N8 and H3N2—have been identified. Learn to recognize the clinical signs of CIV infection, select appropriate diagnostic tests, and develop a therapeutic plan. Plus, when to recommend vaccination for CIV and deploy strategies to prevent spread of disease if a case presents in your practice.

VET Report Vitals
First Look: The Banfield VET Report

The first annual Banfield Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report was released earlier this year. Titled “Are We Doing Our Part to Prevent Superbugs? Antimicrobial Usage Patterns Among Companion Animal Veterinarians,” it emphasizes how antimicrobials can be critical for…

Uncovering the Cause of Fever in Dogs

When describing FUO in dogs, fever is usually defined as greater than 103.5°F to 104°F (39.7–40°C), with no duration of fever specified. In animals, the path to revealing the cause of persistent fever can be lengthy and expensive but, in most patients, an etiology can be eventually identified

Pet Health By the Numbers
Feline Ocular Conditions

The following table outlines the prevalence of feline ocular diagnoses in cats presented to Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2014. Feline herpesvirus infections, and their ocular manifestations, are discussed in Runny Eyes: Feline Herpesvirus Infection. In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numbers correlates an article topic with statistics provided by Banfield …

Focus on Infectious DiseasesJournal Club

It seems to be getting harder and harder for veterinarians to “keep up.” Advances in technology result in ongoing discoveries every week, and the number of journals with important information appears to grow exponentially. In this Journal Club column, some key articles about infectious diseases are highlighted. You may not have come across them in …

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 …

Diagnostic & Therapeutic Approach
Dogs Infected with Bordetella bronchiseptica & Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8)

Laura A. Nafe, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Wisconsin–Madison Severe cases of kennel cough are highly contagious and can result in life-threatening respiratory compromise. Dr. Nafe provides detailed discussion from risk factors for—to treatment of this disease complex, including managing critically ill dogs. Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine influenza virus (CIV) …

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Infectious Respiratory & Canine Cranial Cruciate Diseases

The following statistics were extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.2 million dogs and 460,000 cats cared for in more than 800 Banfield Pet Hospitals (banfield.com) in 2012. Note that diagnosis was made based on the attending clinician’s judgment. INFECTIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASE…BY THE NUMBERS Of all pets presented to Banfield Pet …

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