The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
Animal shelters and veterinary clinics in Indiana are reporting significant increases in cases of parvovirus, a potentially deadly virus that threatens dogs and puppies. Area veterinarians are working to educate pet owners regarding the severity of the disease, and the need for all dogs to be vaccinated.
An outbreak of parvovirus at a local animal shelter has led to a temporary closure of the parts of the shelter that house dogs. The Heartland Humane Society reports that one dog has died and others are being treated.
Serena Burton, the shelter’s Vice President, explained the comprehensive precautions the shelter is taking to keep the virus from spreading. She also cautioned area pet owners to ensure that their dogs are vaccinated against the deadly disease.
Did you know there is a connection between oropharyngeal inflammation and retrovirus infection in cats? While an association has long been suspected, recently a large survey finally uncovered details of the relationship between oral disease and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and/or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection.1
You know how important business skills are to running your practice, but did you receive any business training in veterinary school? Likely you answered “no” or “not enough,” but the good news is that this is changing and there are many topics covered in DVM programs now that were never considered even as recently as 10 years ago.
Tick encounters are increasingly hard to avoid. After all, these eight-legged blood suckers are spreading diseases throughout the United States. To protect our pets and ourselves, we need to stay alert to the risks right under our noses. That means regularly screening pets—including asymptomatic or seemingly healthy ones—to identify exposure to infected ticks.