Concern Grows for Canine Vector-Borne Diseases

Veterinary experts highlight increased risk of disease spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.

Puppy scratchingThe fifth annual Canine Vector-Borne Disease Symposium in New York City outlined the increasing global dangers of these diseases and the impact they have on canine and human health. The symposium included health and veterinary experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Brazil.

Scientific data presented at the meeting cited global animal movement and climate as major contributors to the increase in bacteria and viruses spread by ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and sand flies. Among the more prevalent and virulent of these are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Bartonellosis or “cat scratch fever,” ehrlichiosis, heartworm and leishmaniasis.

In the U.S., veterinary researchers are finding increasing prevalence in geographic areas not typically associated with the diseases. This increase is a growing concern to experts because U.S. veterinarians generally have limited experience in CVBD diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Leading scientists called on veterinarians and dog owners around the world to take action to protect dogs and humans from potentially lethal diseases.

“Latest data from the CVBD World Forum flags a clear need for increased disease prevention,” said Sarah Weston, Global Vet Services manager, Bayer Animal Health. “Dogs are dearly loved members of many families around the world, sharing the homes and day to day lives of their owners. It is essential for veterinarians to remain vigilant for these diseases that can lurk unseen in family pets and to work with owners to educate them about prevention.”

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