Banfield Pet Hospital has released its State of Pet Health 2014 Report, which focuses on common infectious diseases that affect dogs and cats in the U.S. The report revealed a 48% increase in feline immunodeficiency disease and a 21% increase in the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in dogs. The data used in the report was collected in 2013 from nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats presented to more than 850 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 43 states. Click on the image to the left to read the entire report, and visit stateofpethealth.com to explore the report's summaries and infographics, download the full report, and view the latest news on veterinary health care.

 
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Mar/Apr 2014 (Vol. 4, No. 2)
Cutting Edge Cardiology: Five State-Of-The-Art Developments
Making a difference in the diagnosis and management of dogs and cats with heart disease—Dr. Saunders highlights 5 developments in veterinary cardiology: Digital radiography, cardiac biomarkers, smartphone apps and devices, cardiac medication, and interventional procedures.
Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Mar/Apr 2014 (Vol. 4, No. 2)
Treatment Of Feline Lower Airway Disease
Remarkably common in cats, lower airway disease is classified into 2 predominant categories: asthma and chronic bronchitis. In this article, Dr. Sharp discusses the importance of differentiating between the 2 and the therapeutic approaches to acute and chronic management of the disease.
Claire Sharp, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MS, Diplomate ACVECC
Mar/Apr 2014 (Vol. 4, No. 2)
Canine Cranial Cruciate Disease: An Evidence-Based Look At Current Treatment Modalities
The second of a 2-part series, this article provides the goals, surgical techniques, clinical comparisons and complications for each of the top 3 most widely accepted surgical procedures used to treat canine cranial cruciate disease.
James K. Roush, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Mar/Apr 2014 (Vol. 4, No. 2)
Imaging Essentials: Small Animal Skull & Nasofacial Radiography, Including the Nasal Cavity & Frontal Sinuses
In this article, the authors provide guidance on ensuring high-quality, correctly positioned and collimated small animal skull and nasofacial radiographs, paying close attention to small details of anatomy.
Mary Wilson, RT(R), CT, MR, CV; Danielle Mauragis, CVT; and Clifford R. Berry, DVM, Diplomate ACVR
Mar/Apr 2014 (Vol. 4, No. 2)
Vital Vaccination Series: Canine Lyme Disease: How Real the Threat?
Canine Lyme borreliosis continues to generate considerable controversy in clinical practice, particularly as it pertains to risk for exposure, diagnosis, consequences of infection, and even prevention. Drs. Ford and Eschner address each of the key controversies and current recommendations regarding management of dogs at risk for canine Lyme borreliosis.
Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon), and Andrew Eschner, DVM, Senior Technical Service Veterinarian