DVM Best Practices, May 1, 2003 - DVM
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DVM Best Practices, May 1, 2003
Introduction
Feline Medicine
DVM Newsmagazine presents the second issue of DVM Best Practices on Feline Medicine.

This year, we've asked our team of feline experts to focus on zoonotic diseases that affect cats as well as their owners.

Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic diseases in cats can be easily avoided with proper prevention, care
By Lora Ballweber, DVM, MS
Estimates indicate there are approximately 73 million owned cats in the United States with 30 percent of American households having at least one. Cats are host to a variety of parasites, including several that are zoonotic.
Kittens
Practitioners need to consider different approach for parasite control in kittens
By Dwight Bowman, PhD
Parasite control in kittens requires knowledge of the pathogens involved and the capabilities of the different products for controlling the parasites of interest.
Diagnostics
Diagnosing internal parasites in cats
By Byron L. Blagburn, MS, PhD
Most of us are aware that numbers of cats have surpassed dogs as pets in United States households.
Heartworm
Feline heartworm disease: Assessing the danger for owners
By Ray Dillon DVM, MS, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM
An owner depends on the veterinarian to assess the danger of any potential disease to his or her dog or cat. In some instances, these dangers are well known by the general public (rabies, distempter, FeLV), and owner's may request these "preventative measures".
Preventive Care
Preventive medicine for feline patients provides link to comprehensive care
By Lynn Buzhardt, DVM
Veterinarians are busy individuals who multi-task with fervor. How else can we accomplish all that we must during the normal workday? We have to play the role of internist, pharmacist, radiologist, dentist, animal behaviorist, practice manager, human relations expert, environmental protection engineer, chief financial officer and employee/client counselor all rolled into one.
Staff Training
Implementing a feline preventive medicine program
By Lynn Buzhardt, DVM
Now that you have decided what to include in your feline preventive medicine program, how do you implement your ideas? The implementation process begins where everything else begins in a typical veterinary hospital - at the front desk.
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