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April 2014: Parasitology

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What makes heartworm disease unique in cats? An expert outlines the signs, causes, and diagnostic and treatment options. Plus, prevent excessive territorial aggression in canine patients—consider these medical conditions and behavior-modification techniques.


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Parasitic & Protozoal Diseases

Who’s Who in Dirofilaria Species

A fast, inexpensive test to differentiate between Dirofilaria associated with heartworm disease and subcutaneous nodular disease performed reliably in this study.

2013 AAVP Annual Meeting Capsules

Dirofilaria, ticks, and the ubiquitous cat flea were among the topics at the 2013 AAVP annual meeting.

Research Note: Unforeseen Complication from Pemphigus Foliaceus Treatment

Immunosuppression (from any cause) warrants attention to signs of infectious disease, as exemplified by this case of Neospora caninum infection.

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Breed Traits & Human Interaction: Nature vs Nurture

Although breed may affect performance of certain tasks, further experiences, or nurturing, may also improve behavior performance.

Canine Environmental Enrichment

Environmental enrichment can be easy for clients to implement and can positively affect patient quality of life and many problematic behaviors.

Peer Reviewed

Preadoption Counseling to Prevent Separation Anxiety

Preadoption counseling can have a significant effect on the prevention of separation anxiety.

More on Behavior

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture: History & Application

Acupuncture is increasingly common in veterinary practice; however, despite its vast history, the best approaches for its practice in veterinary medicine are still debated.

Peer Reviewed

Acupuncture & De-qi in Small Animal Patients

De-qi sensation from acupuncture is intangible in veterinary patients. If veterinarians can characterize its mechanisms, perhaps they can measure its efficacy.

Shockwave Therapy as a Treatment Option

As part of physical rehabilitation, extracorporeal shockwave therapy may support bone, tendon and ligament healing; osteoarthritis treatment; and healing of chronic wounds.

Peer Reviewed

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Research Note: Heritability of Cherry Eye in Dogs

Is prolapsed nictitating membrane gland (PNMG), or cherry eye, hereditary? This study suggests genetic factors are involved in PNMG.

Heredity & Causes of Corneal Pigmentation

These data on corneal pigmentation dispute traditional causal theory, suggesting that heredity combined with newly described factors are at play.

Canine Eyelid Tumors

Granular cell tumor of the eyelid can be signaled via location and confirmed via fine needle aspirate cytology.

More on Ophthalmology

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Recurrent Giardia Infection in a Dog

A difficult case of giardiasis is used to demonstrate how to achieve resolution from among various strategies.

Peer Reviewed

Physaloptera spp Infection in a Cat

The appearance, intermediate hosts, associated clinical signs, and treatment of Physaloptera spp infection are described.

Peer Reviewed

Small Intestinal Diarrhea in a Wheaten Terrier

An 8-year-old soft-coated wheaten terrier presenting chronic diarrhea accompanied by weight loss, poor appetite, and distended abdomen. What is your diagnosis?

Peer Reviewed

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