Category: Vaccines & Diseases

Chagas Disease and Pets

Kissing Bugs are really not as loving as their nickname suggests. The kiss may cause swelling that will go away but it’s what happens afterwards that poses the biggest problem. These cone nose critters (triatomine) will descend on any mammal and typically bite around the mouth or the eye. The bite itself will not transmit…

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More on Vaccinations and Small Dog Vaccine Pilot Study

Our recent article and Press Release on the small adult dog pilot study using a half-dose bivalent vaccine booster has generated lots of comments. We thought it would be useful, therefore, to give readers more specific details regarding the background science and rationale behind the completed pilot study. Background Summary There is little doubt that application…

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Canine Heartworm Disease

Background Heartworm infection in dogs has been diagnosed in all 50 US states, but not yet in Alaska, even though the climatic and mosquito populations in central Alaska are conducive to the further dissemination of this parasite. Environmental climate changes with global warming, along with animal movements and urban development, have increased the heartworm infection…

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A Pilot Study: 1/2 Dose Vaccines for Small Dogs

    For the past two years, I have conducted a pilot study on whether or not a half-dose distemper and parvovirus vaccine elicited enough immunity to these viruses in adult dogs weighing less than 12 pounds. I thank the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation for supporting this study and am pleased to share the…

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Kennel Cough Complex: A complicated phrase for the canine common cold

Infectious canine tracheobronchitis or canine infectious respiratory disease complex has multiple causative agents and its symptoms range from sneezing and bronchitis to inflammation of the throat. In plain English, it is Kennel Cough, the so-called common cold for dogs, which prevails in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas. Just like a child catches a cold at school,…

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Changes Sought to Rabies Vaccination Laws Based on Scientific Research

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. The AHVMA and its members have long expressed…

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