What is it about?

Endemic and emerging parasites pose a risk to companion animals and their owners. Emerging parasites can also impose a significant public health burden. Here, we discuss the known risk factors of UK parasites in the current literature, use of parasiticides in small animal medicine, known challenges to effective parasite control, risks of parasiticides and current guidelines surrounding their use.

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Why is it important?

The discovery of new parasites, the insurgence of endemic ones, and the emergence of new information has made managing parasitic diseases a topical subject for veterinarians, who are now starting to see more patients with these diseases. Better understanding of the extent and burden of parasites on animals and humans is essential for control interventions.


Events in the last few years have taught us that pets are now, more than ever, vulnerable to emerging parasitic diseases, some of which are zoonotic. Therefore, effective parasite control is critically important for the health and welfare of companion animals and their owners.

Hany Elsheikha
University of Nottingham

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This page is a summary of: UK parasite risk factors and control challenges, Companion Animal, June 2022, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/coan.2022.0006.
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