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AAFP throws support to CAPC guidelines
Bel Air, Md. - The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) threw its endorsement to parasite control guidelines from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).
BEL AIR, MD. — The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) threw its endorsement to parasite control guidelines from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).
The endorsement acknowledges and supports the ongoing efforts of CAPC to educate veterinarians and pet owners about parasites and the potential risk of zoonotic disease transmission, CAPC reports.
Dr. Mike Paul, CAPC executive director, adds, "The AAFP's 'seal of approval' will go a long way to boosting awareness and understanding of the parasite guidelines, leading to their increased implementation as part of best medicine practices for cats." He notes that research continues to show cats receive less regular veterinary care than dogs, greatly increasing their need for regular parasite examination, prevention and control recommendations.
"We look forward to working with the AAFP and other professional organizations to continue in our mission of educating veterinary professionals and the public on the importance of parasite control in cats, as well as dogs."
CAPC guidelines were developed in 2003 to increase practitioner and consumer awareness of parasitic diseases and the zoonotic risks to human health, while encouraging the implementation of year-round preventive measures that improve pet health and the human-animal bond.
"Internal and external parasites are a significant cause of disease and discomfort in cats, and can pose a threat to the health of people," says Dr. James Richards, past-president of AAFP and director of the Cornell Feline Health Center. "The American Association of Feline Practitioners is very happy to endorse and promote the CAPC parasite guidelines. More importantly, we encourage veterinarians to implement them into their practices as part of an effective feline wellness program."
The guidelines and other parasite information can be found at www.capcvet.org or www.petsandparasites.org.