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European helminth infection risks and reported deworming frequencies for dogs and cats

New Content ItemAs veterinarians and parasitologists, we delve into the scientific details regarding when, where and how pets become infected with gastrointestinal parasites and other internal parasites such as heartworm and lungworm that can cause serious health issues in pets and/or people. We examine the incidence and prevalence of infections and the methods by which parasites are spread to new hosts and cause disease. We weigh many factors when deciding which animals to treat for parasitic infections, what to deworm them with and how often to do so. Organizations like the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) create guidelines and recommendations for diagnosis, deworming and other control methods.

This collection of manuscripts, based upon a survey of over 5000 pet owners from five European countries, looks at current behaviors and lifestyles that may expose pets to risks of becoming infected with parasites or spreading parasitic infections to people. This collection of manuscripts also examines the frequencies that pet owners reported deworming their pets and compares them to the reported risks to evaluate whether people deworm pets in higher risk situations more frequently than pets with lower parasitic risks.

The article processing charges (APC) for the articles in this series were funded by Elanco. All articles in this series have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by the Editors, and each article can also be found individually in the journal. The Editors declare no competing interests.

  1. Dogs and cats in the UK are exposed to many internal parasites which can pose risks to the health of both the pet and their owners. By understanding these endemic parasites and the risks they pose, we can asse...

    Authors: Christopher Pennelegion, Jason Drake, Scott Wiseman and Ian Wright
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:218
  2. Pets may be carriers of infectious agents including parasites. As part of a larger-scale study covering the whole of Europe, this study examines deworming measures reported by Spanish pet owners and identifies...

    Authors: Guadalupe Miró, Rosa Gálvez, Ana Montoya, Beatriz Delgado and Jason Drake
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:101
  3. Endoparasites in dogs and cats are a concern related to pet health and zoonotic risks. Several determinants may affect the endoparasite transmission and infection of dogs and cats such as pet’s lifestyle or re...

    Authors: Clarisse Roussel, Jason Drake and Juan Manuel Ariza
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:480
  4. Dogs and cats can transmit zoonotic helminths to humans, e.g. Toxocara spp. and Echinococcus multilocularis. Strategic deworming may help minimize this risk. Studies in several European countries have shown that ...

    Authors: Christina Strube, Ann Neubert, Andrea Springer and Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:203
  5. Zoonotic endoparasites pose risks to pets and people. The European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) created risk groupings for dogs (A-D) and for cats (A-B), with the highest risk pets (G...

    Authors: Jessica McNamara, Jason Drake, Scott Wiseman and Ian Wright
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:571