New Information Sheds Light on Proper Diagnosis of Canine Vector-Borne Disease

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Veterinary practitioners can now access cutting-edge information on co-infection with vector-borne pathogens in dogs. The Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health CVBD® Digest can be accessed online at http://www.cvbd.org or through your local Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health sales representative.

Toronto, Ontario, October 24, 2008 -- Veterinary practitioners can now access cutting-edge information on co-infection with vector-borne pathogens in dogs. The Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health CVBD® Digest can be accessed online at http://www.cvbd.org or through your local Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health sales representative.

Blood feeding anthropods can transmit a plethora of pathogens to dogs. Canine vector-borne disease (CVBD) presents a challenge to practitioners since it often varies in clinical appearance. "Often more than one pathogen is transmitted to the dog by the same or different vectors," says Dr. Bruce Kilmer, Director of Technical Services and Regulatory Affairs, Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health in Toronto, Ontario. "This often results in double or even multiple infections, which makes diagnosis and treatment more complex."

To combat CVBD in canines, Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health has called three International Symposia, the first of which was held in 2006. Experts from around the globe, including Dr. Robbin Lindsay of Winnipeg, Manitoba sit as founding members of the symposia. The symposia is the initial step in formally addressing the global threat of canine vector-borne diseases, especially in consideration of increasing international travel and emerging climate change. Of particular concern is the fact that many of the parasite-transmitted diseases affect humans as well as animals. Recent media attention regarding Lyme disease in humans underlies the need to more fully understand the challenges associated with CVBD.

Ticks are especially suitable for pathogen transmission by attaching securely to their hosts and facilitating effective transmission of infectious pathogens over a couple of days. "Many of the diseases caused by these tick-borne pathogens possess a wide variety of clinical features such as wasting, weight loss and fever, which makes a definite diagnosis challenging for the veterinary practitioner," says Dr. Kilmer.

The Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health CVBD® Digest contains relevant findings from the CVBD Symposia. "It is our hope that this leading-edge information will aid practitioners in what can be a difficult clinical diagnosis and also increase their understanding of the complex interaction of different infectious agents and the canine immune system," says Dr. Kilmer.

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