Safe Pets, Safe Clients: Creating Parasite Protocols
If you could help prevent millions of people from becoming infected with zoonotic diseases every year, in addition to your usual job of keeping pets healthy, would you do it?
The fact is, you can. Most veterinary team members, not to mention clients and even physicians, are unaware of just how prevalent intestinal parasitism is in the pet population and how this affects human health as well. One survey has shown 34% of dogs are infected with gastrointestinal parasites nationwide, with even higher percentages of infection in the southeastern United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report the exposure of people to Toxocara canis alone results in an estimated 1 to 3 million larva migrans infections annually. With such high incidences of infection, it is clear that the prevention and control of parasites should be a top priority among the veterinary health care team.