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Infectious Disease of Dogs

This course will discuss common transmissible diseases in dogs, including pathogens of CIRDC (canine infectious respiratory disease complex- including dog flu), Leptospirosis, Parvo, and Distemper. Following an overview of the incidence rate, participants will learn how to recognize the clinical signs of illness, how to recognize signs of illness in dogs and prevention. Management of outbreaks in group environments such as kennels and doggie daycares and options for prevention, including...

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Emerging Infectious Diseases of Tortoises

chapter-495 Tortoises are members of the family Testudinidae, currently constituting 46 extant species. They are native to all continents except Australia and Antarctica. Several species are well suited as pets where proper grazing area is available, being moderately sized, relatively easy to care for, tolerant of handling, and not apparently very stressed by captivity. Unfortunately, many species, such as Russian tortoises, are still largely wild caught in large numbers. With...

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Equine Infectious Disease: Case Presentations

Equine infectious disease cases will be discussed.Please note: If you were an attendee at this VMX 2018 Conference session and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual session.

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Treating Infectious Diseases: Beyond Antibiotics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the overuse of prescription antibiotics may lead to disastrous consequences, with a 114-page report in which it notes that a minimum of 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant infections, 100,000 people die from related complications, and at least 2 million people contract such resistant infections every year. Over half of antibiotic prescriptions are considered unnecessary; in certain...

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Preventing the Spread of Infectious Diseases

To remain competitive in this market, pet professional businesses must keep their pet owners happy and this means keeping pets healthy. In 2016, leading experts on infectious disease developed a consensus statement to recommend best practices for pet care and safety for pet professional businesses such as kennels, veterinary facilities, doggie daycares, dog walkers, groomers, and training facilities. This course covers the topic of best practices of sanitation and prevention of infectious...

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Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex Whitepaper

CIRDC refers to a contagious cough caused by one or more viral or bacterial pathogens. Laymen often refer to CIRDC as "kennel cough" because of its frequent association with dogs that have been recently housed in kennels or shelters. These settings allow for physical proximity of animals (which facilitates contagion spread) and contribute to disease susceptibility and morbidity in other ways, too. Difficulties associated with sanitation in large groups of dogs, poor air quality, the...

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Infectious Disease Tests: How Good Are They?

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics INFECTIOUS DISEASE TESTS: HOW GOOD ARE THEY? Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH, DABVP, DACVPMUniversity of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine HOW DO WE “TEST” A TEST? Often times, we put more faith into high-tech diagnostic tests than we should. The characteristics, such as sensitivity and specificity, of a test of which are sometimes provided can help determine how “good” a test really is. However, often this information is not...

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Could This Be Infectious? A “Whodunit” Approach to Infectious Disease Cases

chapter-164 Diagnosis of infectious disease can allow for life-saving therapy for an infected pet, and can also inform prevention for other pets in the household or community. Yet, diagnosis of infection is fraught with difficulties. Nearly every infectious disease has multiple non-infectious differential diagnoses. The clinician has to recognize both the infectious and noninfectious possibilities and prioritize testing while keeping in mind not only the probability for each...

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Infectious Disease: A "Whodunit" Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

Please note:If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual session.Determining whether a patient’s illness is caused by an infectious agent can be challenging because clinical signs frequently resemble those of other conditions. This case-based session discusses some factors to consider when trying to make this...

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Notifiable and Hot Infectious Diseases of Backyard Poultry

chapter-439 Any veterinarian seeing poultry, regardless of practice type, should be aware of all regionally and nationally reportable diseases pertaining to poultry. It is not enough to have a basic understanding of such diseases; one must also know the proper means of reporting them. Organizations involved in such oversight occur on a global, national, and local level. The World Organisation (European spelling) for Animal Health or OIE (acronym based on its original name...

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