In the five years since the founding of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), companion-animal parasitology has come
a long way. Research indicates that the veterinary health profession is increasingly aware of CAPC's recommended parasite
control guidelines and the importance of implementing these guidelines in companion-animal practice. In addition, our profession
has made important advances in research, diagnostics, and staff and pet owner education. Efforts must now focus on increasing
awareness of the zoonotic risks associated with many of these parasites and improving pet owner compliance.
Byron L. Blagburn, MS, PhD
When approached by the editors of Veterinary Medicine, CAPC gladly accepted the opportunity to share some of the latest technical and practice-oriented parasite information available.
In this supplement, you'll find articles on the unique complications of heartworm infection in cats, recently released guidelines
for treating and preventing tapeworm infections, and the frequency of zoonotic infections in people. In addition, the results
of a survey of pet owners regarding awareness of parasites, parasite control practices, and compliance are presented. Lastly,
the supplement offers an insightful article by Dr. Jay Stewart, an Oregon practitioner, on compliance and how you can implement
educational programs to better inform and serve your clients.
CAPC proudly recognizes its sponsors
CAPC is a recognized, authoritative voice in companion-animal parasitology and an industry-leading advocate for preventing
parasitic zoonoses. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and the veterinarians, parasitologists, and
other medical professionals who serve on our board and support the mission of our organization. The information contained
in this supplement, as well as the other ongoing educational activities of CAPC, will aid you and your staff in implementing
guidelines that will improve parasite control and animal health, reduce the risk of zoonotic disease, and enhance the important
bond between people and their pets.
Byron L. Blagburn, MS, PhD, is president of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). He is a professor of pathobiology
at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.