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February 27, 2018

Dog and cat behavior myths debunked

Veterinary behavior is a relatively new specialty in our profession. Unfortunately, as such, plenty of old wives tales persist. As veterinarians and veterinary nurses, we critically evaluate and use evidenced-based medicine for our patients on a daily basis, and this should apply to behavior and training, as well. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about our patient’s behaviors that still are being propagated, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

October 24, 2017

While uncommon, owners may have Leptospirosis risk

We hear a lot about zoonotic risks where disease in animals can infect animal owners. George E. Moore, DVM, and Michael R. Lappin, DVM, have written clear instructions for animal owners and team members to help prevent zoonotic infection from Leptospirosis sp.

February 11, 2020

Ticks responsible for 7 of 17 US vector-borne diseases

Thomas Mather, PhD, believes everyone should be better educated about ticks and able to identify the small number of tick species in the United States that threaten human health. “Different ticks carry different diseases in different parts of the country,” he explained.

May 01, 2020

Dog parks: Where pets, people, and parasites collide

Across the United States, dog parks have increased in number by 74% over the past 11 years (Trust for Public Land, 2019), and the number of pet dogs has increased by more than 20 million in the past two decades. Owning dogs can improve physical health and wellbeing. However, congregations of pets and people can increase the risk of contracting pathogens, including parasites.

June 17, 2020

DOGPARCS study shows parasites are common in recreational canine sites

What has been suspected to be true about dog parks and parasite risks has been quantified. This study assessed the prevalence of these infections in dogs visiting off‑leash dog parks. It is the first large-scale effort to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites in dogs visiting dog parks throughout the USA.

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