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Small animal disease surveillance
Small animal disease surveillance: respiratory disease
  1. Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno1,
  2. Janet M. Daly3,
  3. Philip H. Jones1,
  4. Susan Dawson2,
  5. Rosalind Gaskell2,
  6. Tarek Menacere1,
  7. Bethaney Heayns1,
  8. Maya Wardeh1,
  9. Jenny Newman1,
  10. Sally Everitt4,
  11. Michael J. Day4,
  12. Katie McConnell4,
  13. Peter J. M. Noble2 and
  14. Alan D. Radford1
  1. 1Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston CH64 7TE, UK
  2. 2School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston CH64 7TE, UK
  3. 3School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
  4. 4BSAVA, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AB, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sánchez-Vizcaíno, e-mail: fsvb{at}
  • Professor Day is also at University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, Langford BS40 5DU, UK


  • Presentation for respiratory disease comprised 1.7 per cent, 2.3 per cent and 2.5 per cent of canine, feline and rabbit consultations, respectively, between January 2014 and December 2015

  • Coughing was the most frequent respiratory sign reported in dogs (71.1 per cent of consultations); in cats it was sneezing (42.6 per cent)

  • Mean percentage of samples testing positive for feline calicivirus (FCV) was 30.1 per cent in 2014 and 27.9 per cent in 2015

  • January was the month with the highest percentage of FCV-positive samples in both 2014 and 2015

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