The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) released a new forecast system that predicts parasite prevalence by season across the country. The forecast is based on weather trends and data, statistics from veterinarians and shelters, and the expertise of parasitologists. The Spring 2012 CAPC Parasite Forecast targets heartworm, suggesting that most regions will see a boom in population throughout the season.
Heartworm is transmitted to cats and dogs through mosquito bites and can be fatal. Though heartworm disease is treatable, the best method to protect your pets is prevention. The CAPC recommends using monthly parasite control medication and annual veterinarian checkups.
CAPC will release another forecast addressing heartworm and ticks this fall.
For disease prevention tips and more parasite information, visit www.petsandparasites.org.
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