GL5: Control of Vector-Borne Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Vector-borne diseases are caused by a wide range of infectious agents including viruses, bacteria and parasites (protozoa and helminths), which are transmitted by a variety of arthropod vectors.  The effective control of vector-borne diseases requires a thorough knowledge of the infectious agents, their vectors and major hosts. Besides giving an overview of the majority of vector-borne diseases of dogs and cats, this guideline focuses on the following important infections/diseases: leishmaniosis, dirofilariosis, bartonellosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis and vector-borne viral diseases.