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At some point in their lives, many pets experience discomfort caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, or mites on their skin or in their ears. Pets can also experience problems with internal parasites like worms and single-celled organisms. The most common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Common single-cell parasites are coccidia and Giardia. For detailed information about these and other parasites, Lakewood Animal Hospital recommends the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) website.


What is the CAPC?
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent council of veterinarians and other animal health care professionals established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. It brings together broad expertise in parasitology, internal medicine, public health, veterinary law, private practice, and association leadership.  Initially convened in 2002, CAPC was formed with the express purpose of changing the way veterinary professionals and pet owners approach parasite management. The CAPC advocates best practices for protecting pets from parasitic infections and reducing the risk of zoonotic parasite transmission.


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What is recommended to best protect my pet?

The best plan to keep your pet safe is dependent on your pet's lefestyle. Generally pets that live exclusively indoors have a much lower risk than those that spend a lot of time in the outdoors.

In general, it is best to at minimum have a fresh fecal sample tested for roundworm eggs and giardia protozoa at least once per year.  We will consult with you about your pet's specific risks and needs at the time of his examination.