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 positive percentage increase in 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 protection against hookworms with broad-spectrum year-round, preventatives and routine testing.
Currently CAPC is providing Top Ten Cities Lists for the following disease:
Hookworms are parasites that live in contaminated soil and infect dogs and cats in all 50 states. Hookworms, a zoonotic parasitic disease threatening the health of both pets and people, produce a massive number of eggs on a daily basis, heightening the risk of environmental contamination. Any outdoor area where dogs and cats have access can become reservoirs of hookworm larvae.
Hookworm disease can cause debilitation or death, especially in puppies and kittens. Pets can become infected by hookworm larvae penetrating the skin, from licking paws, chewing contaminated toys, or ingesting infected prey such as mice. Hookworms can also be transmitted from nursing mothers to puppies and kittens. This is why CAPC recommends year-round broad-spectrum protection for pets against hookworms and routine testing, regardless of where pets reside.
“An increase in hookworm prevalence not only alerts communities to a heightened threat to the health of dogs and cats, but it also warns of an increased threat to the health of children and families who can potentially contract hookworm infection” says Dr. Craig Prior, BVSC, CVJ, CAPC board member.
The CAPC board is constantly working on ways to partner with veterinarians to ensure 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 disease.Click here to download an informational overview on hookworm