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2018 Canine Infectious Disease Symposium
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Canine Giardiasis and Coccidiosis

Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 

About the Symposium - This year's symposium will highlight two intestinal parasites commonly seen in kennel and shelter dog populations.  A thorough discussion of coccidia and giardia will be offered by experts from Penn Vet along with a general discussion of best practices for intestinal parasite treatment and prevention in your facility.

Canine giardia is caused by an infection of a one celled organism.  According to some estimates, the condition of  giardiasis affects approximately 10% of all dogs in the United States at any given time. Typically a giardia infection occurs after a dog is exposed to the stool of another dog that is carrying the parasite and has passed it. Giardia infections affect the lining of the small intestine and can cause severe inflammation.  Multiple tests and treatments are available for giardia so our experts will be discussing the benefits and limitations of each.

Also known as Isospora, coccidia are internal parasites that live within the intestines of dogs.  Puppies are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of coccidiosis since their immune system is still in the process of developing.   In general, hygiene is a significant contributor to outbreaks of coccidiosis.  Therefore, it's important to keep dog feces out of the environment to avoid complications of coccidia in puppies as much as possible.  Penn Vet experts will offer a discussion of best practices for the treatment and prevention of coccidia.

Please join us for this outstanding educational opportunity hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and generously sponsored by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and Zoetis, a global animal health company.  We hope to see you there!

Target Audience Veterinarians, Certified Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants Kennel Staff, Dog Breeders, Shelter Personnel, and Canine Rescues 

Continuing Education Credit This symposium is approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit for the veterinary profession through the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. Certificates will be distributed at the symposium. You must register by February 28th, 2018.