The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
Author archive: Sarah Tasse, DVM
Innovations in veterinary medicine continue to make it easier to provide patients with an increasingly higher standard of care. Just like the detection of antigens modernized heartworm testing 20 years ago, fecal antigen testing is now dramatically improving veterinarians’ ability to detect the most common intestinal worms found in dogs and cats.
Any pet that drinks water from puddles risks contracting leptospirosis. That’s where wild animals drink (and urinate), setting the stage for the spread of this dangerous disease. The number of cases of leptospirosis is rising in urban and rural communities, even in dry climates. Here’s what you need to know to protect your patients and clients.
Leptospirosis is found worldwide in both wild and domestic animals, but in small animal practice we are most concerned with this disease in our canine patients. The number of cases has been increasing worldwide, and this may be due to the increased urbanization and contact with wildlife hosts, such as raccoons, skunks, opossums and rodents. As a result, small-animal practitioners across the world are learning to be on the lookout for this infection more and more.