WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Clearly, there is a great need for the veterinary profession to proactively and aggressively make parasite prevention and
control a priority in veterinary care, not only to ensure the health of pets, but also the health and well-being of pet owners
and the public. Parasites play an important role in animal and human disease. It is vital that veterinarians and their staffs
develop, consistently present, and strongly advocate for a parasite control program.
Proper fecal diagnostic testing by centrifugal flotation, early preemptive deworming of puppies and kittens, year-round use
of broad-spectrum parasiticides and heartworm preventives, proper sanitation and hygiene, and regular trips to the veterinarian
are all vital to strengthening the human-animal bond and ensuring healthier pets and pet owners.
Through the efforts of CAPC and other organizations focused on wellness and preventive care, steps are being taken to increase
awareness about zoonotic diseases and parasite prevention. For more information, including parasite control guidelines, visit
*Information for this article was provided by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Contact CAPC at firstname.lastname@example.org