Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Parasite Map Available

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) has redesigned its website for pet owners and now features a set of maps you can check for information on parasite prevalence in a specific area.

If you're only interested in heartworm disease, you can select your state from a drop-down menu on the right side of the home page to see the infection risk for your state. If you'd like more extensive information, you can view the entire U.S. map.

If you choose the second option, you can find out the risk for several different diseases for dogs and cats individually, by state. The maps include infection rates for:

        * Tick borne diseases (Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis)
        * Intestinal parasites (roundworm, hookworm and whipworm)
        * Heartworm

You can also click on a state and see infection rates for individual counties, then hover your mouse over a county to see its name.

According to Dr. Christopher Carpenter, executive director of CAPC, "Our unique parasite prevalence maps provide localized statistics about diseases that affect dogs and cats in consumers' backyards, and we update them monthly."

Courtesy of Dr Becker

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