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Companion Animal Practice
Imported diseases in small animals
  1. Alexander Trees

    Alexander (Sandy) Trees graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1969. After a period in practice, industry and research, and having gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he joined Liverpool University in 1980. He is currently professor of veterinary parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

  2. Susan Shaw

    Susan Shaw graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1974. She is currently lecturer in dermatology and applied immunology at the University of Bristol. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.


IN the light of recent changes to quarantine legislation in the UK, it is expected that there will be a huge increase in the number of travelling pets going abroad for short holiday periods and also a rise in the number of conventional importations from Europe. These animals will be exposed to a number of parasitic infections which are currently exotic to the UK. Veterinary surgeons in the UK are, as yet, ill-equipped to diagnose, treat or prevent such diseases. This article discusses vector-borne infections which pose a health risk to pet animals and aims to provide a concise summary of the most relevant diseases, offering advice to indicate a diagnosis and suggesting further sources of information. The vast majority of importations are expected to be dogs; the article therefore concentrates on diseases in dogs, although cats are also discussed briefly.

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