Top 10 Cities Reports for Veterinarians
In an effort to monitor and report emerging threats to companion animal health, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) provides monthly updates on the metro areas experiencing significant increases in reports of selected parasitic diseases.
This CAPC Top Ten Cities list summarizes the metro areas across the United States that experienced the greatest percentage increase in positive parasitic disease tests during the month. Considering this, cities in each monthly ranking are often broadly disseminated across the United States. CAPC intends for monthly ranking reports to prompt conversations between veterinarians and pet owners about the importance of annual testing and year-round prevention because pets across the country are at risk of parasitic disease.
Currently CAPC is providing Top Ten Cities Lists for the following disease:
Mosquitoes transmit the parasite that causes heartworm disease, and areas with warmer climates and stable bodies of water, such as lakes and rivers or containers of water around homes, experience higher numbers of mosquitoes that can transmit the parasite. Pets in these cities and surrounding areas may have been exposed locally or travel-related exposure may have been a contributor to these notable increases. This is why CAPC recommends year round protection of pets against heartworm disease regardless of where pets reside.
As pointed out by CAPC board member Dr. Michael Yabsley, “What our monthly rankings show is that heartworm disease is a national threat and pets are vulnerable to this disease in almost every community across the country.” The CAPC rankings demonstrate vector-borne disease is dynamic and ever-changing, and will enable veterinarians to help pet owners understand that vector-borne disease frequently expands beyond perceived boundaries of established endemic regions.
The CAPC board is constantly working on ways to partner with veterinarians to insure the health of pets in North America. The Top Ten Cities tool is an innovative way for veterinarians to remind their clients that pets are constantly at risk for parasitic diseases.