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Chances are that if you can only attend one conference this year, you’re heading to VMX: Veterinary Meeting & Expo (formerly the NAVC Conference) in February. This post shares the highlights of the conference so you know exactly how to make the most of your visit!

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Intestinal parasite infections are common everywhere and even more so in dogs living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I own my small veterinary practice. For years, I evaluated and diagnosed pets with in-house fecal flotation with centrifugation but always saw variability in my test results, misdiagnosis of parasites, and false negative results. Recognizing the importance of accurately diagnosing intestinal parasites, I made the change from in-house fecal flotation tests with centrifugation to fecal antigen testing. This transition drastically increased the number of patients I diagnose with intestinal parasites. Because of this, I now feel confident that I am practicing the best quality medicine.

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Section 179 of the IRS tax code addresses how business owners deduct the purchase of big-ticket equipment on their tax returns. For 2017, the limit for deductions is $510,000! For veterinary practices, these purchases—even those financed through a lease agreement—represent a terrific opportunity to save big on taxes.

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Two cases of H3N2 have been reported by the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC). The MCACC urges dog owners to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of the disease and to seek immediate veterinary care for dogs who exhibit symptoms.

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Animal shelters and veterinary clinics in Indiana are reporting significant increases in cases of parvovirus, a potentially deadly virus that threatens dogs and puppies. Area veterinarians are working to educate pet owners regarding the severity of the disease, and the need for all dogs to be vaccinated.

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An outbreak of parvovirus at a local animal shelter has led to a temporary closure of the parts of the shelter that house dogs. The Heartland Humane Society reports that one dog has died and others are being treated.

Serena Burton, the shelter’s Vice President, explained the comprehensive precautions the shelter is taking to keep the virus from spreading. She also cautioned area pet owners to ensure that their dogs are vaccinated against the deadly disease.

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You know how important business skills are to running your practice, but did you receive any business training in veterinary school? Likely you answered “no” or “not enough,” but the good news is that this is changing and there are many topics covered in DVM programs now that were never considered even as recently as 10 years ago.

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20 dogs have been quarantined following an outbreak of H3N2 canine influenza at an animal shelter in Willmar, Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has commended the shelter for its response, and is encouraging pet owners who suspect their dog may have been exposed to the canine influenza virus to contact their veterinarians immediately.

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The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed two cases of H3N2 canine influenza in Texas. The outbreak is the same strain of the virus found in Florida and Georgia earlier this year.

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Tick encounters are increasingly hard to avoid. After all, these eight-legged blood suckers are spreading diseases throughout the United States. To protect our pets and ourselves, we need to stay alert to the risks right under our noses. That means regularly screening pets—including asymptomatic or seemingly healthy ones—to identify exposure to infected ticks.

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