The political candidates aren't the only ones taking their messages to the people this summer. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is also hitting the road immediately after the AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans in an effort to spread the word about the importance of year-round parasite control in dogs and cats.
Heartworms and intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, can cause serious infection—and death—in dogs and pose a zoonotic threat to people. By following a few simple guidelines, you can empower clients to prevent and control these parasitic infections in their dogs.
Pets presented for complaints associated with some pathology of their skin — such as pruritis, abnormalities of keratinization, alopecia and other abnormalities both primary and secondary — comprise a large percentage of cases seen by veterinarians.
The adult cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is a ubiquitous, enterprising and persevering insect. The cat flea is the most dominant, competitive and most common flea associated with domesticated animals today.
Tapeworm infection is often overlooked, underdiagnosed, and indertreated in dogs and cats throughout the Unites States. To reverse this trend, it's imperative that veterinarians and their team members understand and thoroughly educate clinets about the risk of tapeworm zoonoses and the importance of prevention.
Canine anaplasmosis is caused by one of two gram-negative, obligate, intracellular bacterial agents, Anaplasma phagocytophilum or Anaplasma platys. Both types are likely spread by ticks and can occur worldwide.
You can reduce infection rates by formulating a comprehensive parasite prevention program for your patients, a strategy recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.