Editorial Arthropod borne infectious diseases of the dog, or canine vector borne diseases (CVBD), have become a big threat for small animals, even for those in developed countries – like Western Europe. There are many reasons why such situations occur: going on vacation with pets, legal and illegal importation of pedigree or stray dogs and climate changes which enables vectors to be more active in northern parts of Europe.
There are many veterinarians in Europe who have never encountered such diseases and have no idea how to recognize them, make appropriate diagnoses, treatment and a follow- up appointment.
FECAVA has realized that there is still room to raise disease awareness about CVBD and to offer help to practitioners who are not familiar with these diseases in their daily work.
One of the cornerstones in FECAVA’s Working group on canine vector borne disease activities is the production of worksheets dedicated to the most important vector borne diseases of the dog. Our idea is to make short, but precise and useful guidelines for general practitioners.
Each worksheet has four main parts – according to questions which each practitioner should consider when faced with a challenging case:
When to suspect infection
How to confirm infection
How to treat / manage the disease, including the follow - up
How to prevent infections, including traveling advice
We have had support from our scientific partners: ESCCAP and ESDA, in order to have an expert’s review and good scientific content for each worksheet.
Arthropod-borne Infectious Diseases of the
Dog and Cat
The book Arthropod-borne Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat was edited by professor Michael Day – a living legend of veterinary science in the fields of immunology and clinical pathology. It contains 14 chapters, and each is written by a world recognized expert in that area of expertise.
Life as a vet and a vet nurse can be amazing…the patients we interact and bond with in the consult room or out on a visit mean a lot to us especially when they come into the practice unwell and go home much better.
Many days go really well, though as Maria Karlsson pointed out in the FECAVA Newsletter Editorial last month, it does not all go as smoothly as we would like.
How can we try to make it better? It is often the non-clinical scenarios or the emotional side of our role as vets and nurses that get the better of us or cause some of the greatest stress.
It is with great pleasure we inform you that the following students have been successful with their applications for the FECAVA Student Travel Scholarship:
Anete Kaplinova from Latvia
Ines Rodrigues from Portugal
Anne Myller from Finland
Mira Anastasia Popa from Romania
Renata Matic from Croatia
Meg Rawlins from the UK
Christofors Pantelatos from Greece
Katerina Kokkinidou from Greece
Emilia Sulik from Poland
Katherina Loose from Germany
We are looking forward to meeting them in September in St.Petersburg!
Third edition of ESCCAP guidelines on Control of Vector-Borne Diseases European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) has published 3rd edition of their guideline “Control of Vector-Borne Diseases in Dogs and Cats” this March. ESCCAP is a non-profit organisation with the aim to provide veterinary professionals with free expert information in form of guidelines for the treatment and control of parasites in pet animals. The guidelines are developed to protect health of pets and public and preserve the bond between pets and people. Check ESCCAP web page for this and other guidelines. Check for more>>>
Insufficient rabies immunisation of dogs from Russia and Romania A research on canine rabies antibodies conducted in 2018 by the Finnish Food Authority indicates the insufficient immunisation of dogs imported from Russia and Romania. The level of antibodies in more than half of 36 examined dogs didn’t reach the internationally approved limit value of 0,5 IU/ml, even with the import documentation ensuring the appropriate vaccination. Taking into account the severity of the disease, which is still encountered in wild animals in Russia and Romania, the Finnish Food Authority recommends rabies antibody titration test before importing dogs to Finland. Check for more >>>
The Brussels government banned certain cat breeds from the city Some hybrid cat breeds are now banned due to risks associated with their behaviour and health. Scottish Fold is on the list of forbidden cat breeds, following the advice from the Animal Welfare Council, because of their folded ears which cause them severe pain. Other hybrid species like the Bengal or the Savannah are not allowed to be bred or sold in Brussels, because they are not adapted to a life in captivity. Check for more >>>
IACG's report warns: No time to wait! Action is needed to avert drug-resistance crisis After the first UN High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in September 2016, the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) was established in collaboration of WHO, FAO and OIE. The IACG's mission was to provide practical guidelines needed to ensure effective global action against antimicrobial resistance. Their report was released this April, demanding immediate, coordinated action through the »One Health« approach, to avert a dangerous drug-resistance crisis. Check for more>>>
HMRC has recovered more than £5m in unpaid tax from dog breeders and traders in the UK HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recovered a total of £5,393,035 in unpaid tax from dog breeders and traders selling puppies on the black market during the four-year investigation, held from 2015.
Several arrests have also been made. The investigation started after animal welfare groups expressed their concerns about the massive puppy breeding and their illegal selling in the UK. Check for more >>>
Invitation to translate the Danish Antibiotic use guidelines for Companion Animal Practice (2nd. ed) Danish Veterinary Association has generously offered any National Association who is interested, may translate their Antibiotic use guidelines from English into their national languages for free. Their only request is to refer the source and to share a copy of the final publication with them.
DSAVA has published the 2nd edition of Antibiotic usage guidelines for Companion Animal Practice with the aim to prevent increasing antibiotic resistance. Since 2012, when the first edition was published, they have seen improvement in the usage of antibiotics, but still much can be done. DSAVA warns that publishing the guidelines is not enough; it is important to invest enough work in their implementation. Check the guidelines in English >>>
FECAVA Travel Scholarship 2018: report from Spanish vets The recipients of the last year's FECAVA Travel Scholarship Joana Bestard and Toni Llaneras from Mallorca visited Pets 'n' Vets clinic in Glasgow this March. Read about their interesting experience which was enabled by the support of Laboklin.
If you are interested in similar opportunity, applications for FECAVA Travel Scholarship 2019 are now open. Learn how to apply: Check for more >>>
New ABCD guidelines on Encephalitozoon cuniculi in cats The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) published new guidelines on Encephalitozoon cuniculi in cats. E. cuniculi is an obligate intracellular microsporidial parasite with a zoonotic potential. It is common in rabbits, but more often recognized as a pathogen in cats (more commonly in stray or feral) and other mammals. E. cuniculi infection should be considered as underlying cause of feline uveitis and cataract formation.
Norwegian woman died from rabies after a dog bite in the Philippines The recent death of Birgitte Kallestad from Norway is a reminder that rabies is still a threat in some countries of the world. Birgitte was bitten while playing with a stray puppy, which she found on the street and took back to resort on holiday in the Philippines. She got sick and died shortly after returning to Norway.
Every year the British Small Animal Veterinary Association gives up to four young companion animal practitioners from FECAVA member countries the opportunity to attend BSAVA Congress free of charge. Applications to attend next year's Congress are now open and have to be sent by July 31. Check the link for more information and read about the experience of last year's scholars.
VSF International launches Vaccinate for Africa Vaccinate for Africa is a campaign in which veterinary clinics collect the revenues made through vaccinations and other treatments during one week and donate part of them to the local VSF. Donations support valuable work of VSF in helping African livestock keepers. This year the campaign goes global including multiple countries such as: Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy and Czech Republic. Check for more>>>