Global Trends: Parasite Control in Pets Summary

Introduction

Parasites like fleas, ticks, mites and worms are a lifelong risk for pets. They cause pain, discomfort, and illness that can be life-threatening for a pet if left untreated. In addition, some pet parasites and the diseases they carry are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people, which puts our health at risk.

Parasite control is one of the cornerstones of veterinary care and should be an essential consideration for all pet owners. Today, the risk of parasites is growing. Rising pet populations combined with global phenomenon like climate change is enabling parasites to thrive and spread into new areas.

Parasites can be prevented though. Veterinary expert groups across the world have developed guidelines that leverage tools like diagnostics, vaccines and parasiticides alongside practical hygiene practices to drastically reduce the risk of a parasite infestation or infection. However, surveys show pet owners are often are not aware of recommendations.

This document outlines how the global landscape for parasite control is shifting, where threats may be rising, and what can be done to better prevent parasites from harming pets and people in the future.