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CAPC forecasts higher heartworm infections in South Central, Southeastern states
April 26, 2019The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) predicts in its newly released parasite forecast that heartworm occurrence will be higher than average this year . “We started providing our annual forecasts over eight years ago because of the dynamic and ever changing nature of parasites,” says CAPC executive director, Christopher Carpenter, DVM. “Over the years, we have seen these diseases continue to move. Our annual forecast will alert pet owners to the risks this year …
Ticks’ increasing threat
April 25, 2018Masters of ride-sharing well before Uber and Lyft came along, ticks hitch rides with white-tailed deer, migrating birds, and other animals, making their way to locales where they didn’t exist in the past. Now, one or more tick species are found in every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Abaxis gains USDA approval of VetScan FLEX4 Rapid Test
January 23, 2018Abaxis Inc., a diagnostics company manufacturing point-of-care instruments and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets worldwide, announced that the USDA, Center for Veterinary Biologics, approved its new VetScan FLEX4 Rapid Test for veterinary use. The FLEX4 is a 4-in-1 lateral flow test used for detecting heartworm antigen as well as antibodies for Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma in canine whole blood, serum, or plasma samples. The VetScan FLEX4 Rapid Test offers …
CAPC 2017 forecasts for heartworm, lyme, anaplasmosis, erlichiosis
May 11, 2017The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is confirming what many already know: milder winter temperatures, increased precipitation and general shifting weather patterns have created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes across the country.