The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) has just released its annual data mapping risk of tick-borne disease, heartworm, and intestinal parasite infections. The reports show that pets in Tennessee are at moderate risk for three major diseases transmitted by ticks, including Lyme disease. Animals in Tennessee are also at high risk for heartworm disease and intestinal parasite infections.
This data shows the importance of parasite prevention because many of the parasites mentioned on the CAPC website (http://www.capcvet.org/) are also either transmissible to humans or carry diseases which are transmissible to humans, (especially those with weakened immune systems such as the very young, ill, or elderly).
To guard against the spread of parasites, the CAPC recommends consulting your veterinarian for a customized year-round parasite prevention plan for heartworms, intestinal parasites, and fleas/ticks.
A few reminders:
-Parasites, especially ticks, are a year round problem
-Due to changes in weather patterns and migrations of their hosts, the ticks which harbor harmful diseases now have a much wider geographic reach and greater periods of activity to pose a threat to pets and their families.
-Parasites are a zoonotic (may be transmitted between species) issue, which may pose health issues for both pets and their families. Safeguarding your pet against parasites protects everyone.