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July 2015 Infectious Diseases & Zoonoses Focus

What’s causing chronic cough in this 3-year-old Dalmatian? Find out, plus explore differential diagnoses for a canine patient presenting with constant pruritic behaviors. And, see how cutting corners in protocols can have terrible consequences. 

The Importance of Susceptibility Testing in Selecting Antimicrobial Therapies

With the increase in bacterial resistance to traditionally used antimicrobials, susceptibility testing has become an important data resource for veterinarians to make informed decisions and help lead to prudent antimicrobial use.

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Zoonotic Diseases

Companion Animals as Sentinels for Emerging Diseases

An expert describes 4 emerging diseases every practitioner should know—regardless of geographic location.

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Rabies in the Clinic

Each year in the U.S., several thousand cases of rabies are diagnosed in wildlife, particularly among reservoir species (eg, raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats), and several hundred cases are diagnosed in domestic animals.

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Recurrent Streptococcal Pharyngitis in a Family

When faced with a request to test household pets in response to recurrent Streptococcus throat infections in the family, what is the best approach?

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Viral Diseases

Canine Parvovirus Exposure

Practices need to have a protocol for patients with potential parvovirus, including cleaning, isolation, and staff training.

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis

FIP, fatal once signs develop, is best approached with a concrete understanding of signalment, signs, diagnostic techniques, and management protocols.

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The Case: Puppy with Parvovirus Infection

Euthanasia was performed on an 8-week-old miniature pinscher that presented with lethargy and inappetance. Treatment was initiated and the puppy initially brightened, but inappetence persisted. What went wrong?

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Bacterial Diseases

The Mutant Prevention Concentration Concept: A New Way to Look at the Development of Antimicrobial Resistance

The Mutant Prevention Concentration concept aims to kill off susceptible bacteria rapidly, allowing the host’s defenses to take over, thus preventing selection of resistant strains of bacteria.

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Best Practices for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance doesn’t just rely on the judicious use of antibiotic drugs; it also requires good animal health management and a formal infection control program.

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Selecting an Appropriate Antimicrobial

When comparing antimicrobials, the drug’s in vitro activity, clinical efficacy, tolerability and potential adverse effects, pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic models, ease of compliance, and cost should all be considered.

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Vector-borne Diseases

Treating Subclinical Rickettsial Disease in Dogs

Whether to treat dogs that are seropositive for rickettsial disease yet subclinical is controversial, and the benefits, disadvantages, and exceptions are diverse.

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A Matter of Opinion: Should We Treat Asymptomatic, Nonproteinuric Lyme-Seropositive Dogs with Antibiotics?

Should you treat asymptomatic, nonproteinuric Lyme-seropositive dogs with antibiotics? Two experts share their opinion.

Ethics & Human–Animal Bond

Should There be a Universal Standard of Care?

Proponents of a universal standard of care say it leads to better patient care. Opponents say it's detrimental to the profession and deters individualized care. What do you think?

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Simple Tricks to Demonstrate Value to Clients

“Show and tell” employed during yearly checkups can help heighten clients’ appreciation of the value of these visits and keep them coming back for more.

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“Seeing is Believing” for Behavior Change

Harness this tried-and-true technique to help improve compliance among your clients with recommendations you make for maintaining their pets’ health.

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