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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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