Researchers Fear Spread of Canine Vector-Borne Diseases

Sick Cocker SpanielAt the Bayer Animal Health-sponsored 6th Canine Vector Borne World Forum held recently in France, researchers called for greater awareness of canine vector borne diseases (CVBD) and the danger they pose to both animals and humans.

The vectors that transmit these diseases are parasites such as fleas, flies, mosquitoes and ticks.

Per Veterinary Practice News:

“A number of the CVBDs cause real suffering and even death in dogs, and many CVBDs represent a zoonotic risk,” said Dwight Bowman, Ph.D., a professor of parasitology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s vital that veterinarians and pet owners everywhere understand the seriousness of the threats posed, and take action to prevent transmission of these diseases.”

Attendees of the forum are concerned serious diseases like Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) are being underestimated and underreported. TBE is an example of a potentially life-threatening infection that has moved beyond its usual geographical boundaries into Europe and Asia.

Because CVBDs are spreading into new regions of the world, forum attendees feel veterinarians should consider testing for rare or exotic infections during diagnosis of sick animals.

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