Parasites Found: Results of the National DoGPaRCS Study
Dog parks are the fastest growing segment of city parks in the United States. Many dogs and their owners enjoy the exercise and social opportunities dog parks allow, but bringing dogs together can also contribute to elevated risk of parasitism. In this presentation, Dr. Susan Little shares results of a first-of-its-kind study that comprehensively evaluated parasitism in dogs at dog parks across the United States. With more than 1 in 5 dogs at dog parks in the United States infected with intestinal parasites1, the importance of comprehensive screening for infection, including fecal testing—even in dogs on preventives—has never been clearer.
Recognize just how common intestinal parasites are in dogs in different regions of the United States.
Address the zoonotic implications of parasites at dog parks, including hookworms, Giardia, and roundworms.
Explain the rationale for a comprehensive testing approach that includes evidence-based, high-quality parasite diagnostics.
Identify risk factors for infection and effective strategies for reducing parasitism, including preventive use, veterinary care, and routine testing for intestinal parasites.
1. Stafford K, Kollasch TM, Duncan KT, et al. Detection of gastrointestinal parasitism at recreational canine sites in the United States (the DOGPARCS study) [Preprint in review]. Research Square. https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-17486/v3. Published June 1, 2020. Accessed June 10, 2020.