The 2019 Parasite Forecast


The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), the leading source on parasitic diseases that threaten the health of pets and people, released its annual 2019 parasite forecast and corresponding 30-day forecast maps to alert pet owners of pending outbreaks. Parasite infections are real and can be deadly to pets. CAPC predicts that heartworm will be higher than average especially in areas of the Southeast United States; the forecast for Lyme disease is for a continued spread in the Atlantic Coast and Midwest. How can you protect your pets and family? Veterinarians Dr. Karen Fling and Dr. Rick Marrinson discuss the forecast maps and the importance of annual parasite testing and year-round protection.

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Karen Fling, DVM; East Lake Veterinary Hospital, Dallas, TX
As owner of East Lake Veterinary Hospital in Dallas for over 20 years, Dr. Fling has incorporated all aspects of her philosophy in its design: pets are members of the family. They should have the best medical care and individualized treatment during their visit. Plush lodging areas include dog bedrooms with small televisions and cat condos with a view to outdoor birdfeeders. Dr. Fling graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the CAPC board of directors and runs a non-profit pet adoption program, East Lake Pet Orphanage.

Rick Marrinson, DVM; Longwood Veterinary Clinic, Longwood, Fla.
Dr. Marrinson is the owner and medical director of Longwood Veterinary Clinic, a five-doctor practice located in central Florida. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in emergency medicine with special interests in soft tissue surgery and endocrinology. A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Marrinson graduated from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the CAPC board of directors and serves in a volunteer leadership position with the Veterinary Emergency Clinics of Central Florida.

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