Parasitic concerns: Mind the gap!
In 2014, in an effort called Connecting with Today’s Clients, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), supported by Bayer HealthCare, surveyed U.S. veterinarians, veterinary team members, and pet owners to gain some insight into whether all groups are on the same page when it comes to parasite control.
They interviewed 401 practicing veterinarians and 263 veterinary team members who work at least 30 hours a week in practices that see 75% or more small animals in a nonemergency setting. They also interviewed 2,000 dog or cat owners who had taken their pets to a veterinarian within the past two years.
Here is a sneak peek showing the level of concern veterinarians have about various parasites versus the level of concern of pet owners.
What does this mean? It signals a need for better communication with clients about parasite control and concerns in your area. At dvm360.com/CAPCstudy, we have resources ready for you, as well as more of this study’s findings from us and our sister publications—dvm360 magazine, Veterinary Economics, and Firstline.