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Articles by Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM

FeLV/FIV (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

The feline retroviruses, FeLV and FIV, today are well recognized for their ability to cause profound immune-suppressive disease in cats throughout the world. Clearly among the most complex infections affecting the cat, a retroviral infection demands an immune response that is robust and sustained if the infected cat is to survive long-term.

Zoonoses: How real is the threat? (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

In the language of law (at least in the US), the term "zoonoses" has not been defined. In medical terms, it refers to "infectious diseases shared by animals and humans." Of particular importance in both human and veterinary medicine are those zoonoses known to be transmitted directly from animals (vertebrates) to humans.

Feline viral upper respiratory infection: Why it persists (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

There is little argument among veterinarians that feline viral upper respiratory disease is perhaps the most common respiratory disorder for which cats are presented. In multiple-cat households and animal shelters world-wide, transmissible feline upper respiratory disease (URD) represents the most prevalent clinical disease in the population of cats at risk.

FIP: More complex than we thought! (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

As long as we've known about, tried to diagnose, and attempted to treat feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), it still eludes us! This complex (....and getting more complex all the time) infection of kittens and adult cats is caused by a feline Coronavirus (FCoV).

Tick-borne disease: Ecrlichiosis, Lyme borreliosis and anaplasmosis (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

In just the past 3 to 5 years, advanced diagnostic capabilities have enhanced our ability to detect infectious pathogens in the dog and have given credence to the term "emerging" infections. However, the ever-expanding list of "emerging infectious diseases", in fact, may not be emerging at all...as it appears; many of these infections have, quite likely, existed in dogs for several years. It's the emerging technology that has enabled our ability to detect these infections.

Vaccines and vaccination: Issues and controversies (Part 2) (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

Today, the list of licensed vaccines for just the dog and cat is large and diverse ...approximately 110 canine vaccines and 70 feline vaccines are available. Considerable differences among vaccines for the same antigen exist.

Vaccines and vaccination: Issues and controversies (Part 1) (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

Over the last decade, publication of vaccination guidelines for the dog and cat have represented an effort on behalf of scientists, academicians, industry, and practicing veterinarians to develop recommendations based on the most current scientific studies available.

Infectious disease update (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

Closely related to Bordetella pertussis, the cause of "whooping cough" in humans, Bordetella bronchiseptica is a gram negative, aerobic coccobacillus particularly well adapted to colonize the ciliated respiratory epithelium of dogs and cats. (NOTE: it's known today that B. bronchiseptica is the progenitor of all 9 recognized Bordetellae).

Feline viral upper respiratory disease: why it persists! (Proceedings)

Oct 1, 2008

There is little argument among clinicians that feline upper respiratory disease is perhaps the most common respiratory disorder for which cats are presented.

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